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Dignified Work

Dignified Work

Why is Dignified Work crucial for women’s economic empowerment?

The well-established notion of Decent Work focuses on the workplace and social protection for workers. CARE’s concept of Dignified Work goes beyond this to include access to work - because women face many issues beyond employer discrimination (such as the burden of unpaid care) before they can have the same access to work as men do; and the issue of women's control over the use of their wages and assets. Find out more in this Insights blog by Gerry Boyle and this video by Joe Sutcliffe.

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Find out how CARE has supported Sonya, a garment worker in Bangladesh, to claim her rights to dignified work.

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Made by Women: Dignified Work in Asia Impact Report 2017
CARE is pursuing an ambitious new strategy on Dignified Work in Asia, called Made By Women. This report pulls together facts and figures on women’s role in the garment industry…
CARE International response to ILO Questionnaire on “Ending violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work”
CARE International’s response to the International Labour Organisation Questionnaire sets out why CARE views a possible new Convention as a great opportunity to reduce the prevalence of the gender-based violence…
‘I know I cannot quit’: The prevalence and productivity cost of sexual harassment to the Cambodian garment industry
This report presents the findings of a large-scale, nationally representative survey of sexual harassment in the Cambodian garment industry.
Women, work & war: Syrian women and the struggle to survive five years of conflict
During five years of war, Syrian women have taken on new roles and responsibilities in supporting their families. However, Syrian women both in Syria and in refugee contexts encounter substantial…

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Building alliances to end gender-based violence at work – blog by Tula Connell at www.solidaritycenter.org

10 things to know about the global labour force – ODI briefing paper by Amina Khan, including key stats about gender inequality in the labour market

Five Innovations at SEWA’s (Self-Employed Women’s Association) New Worker Empowerment Centres – blog by Laura Alfers on WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing) website

 

Resources and links

United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

The Ethical Trading Initiative's code of labour practice and its resources for companies, trade unions and NGOs interested in promoting respect for workers' rights

International Labour Organization (ILO) website and information about the Decent Work Agenda

International Trade Union Confederation website

Search Inclusive Business online database

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre website

WIEGO: Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing website