In less than 4 months, 17 sustainable development goals set up by the United Nations for development beyond 2015 will be up for a vote. One of them, Goal 8 is critical for the advancement and success of African Fashion and here is why. According to Inc.com, in the next decade, the world will need 600 million new jobs to employ the total eligible workforce. Goal 8 which comes up for a vote in mid-September seeks to “promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.” According to available data, the global fashion industry is worth an estimated $1.5 trillion dollars and employs millions of people to develop and design the key fashion trends we all love and buy.
Africa’s Fashion Industry has the potential to leverage the success of the global industry by working towards a more even distribution of accessible products and services that many people would not only love, but purchase as well. In doing so, the industry stands the chance to create sustainable business that also ultimately ensures that all Africans have access to full and productive employment. This in turn will enable Africa to become visible in the dominant fashion discourse channeled by countries in the West.