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Dignified work

Why is dignified work crucial for women’s economic empowerment? 

Dignified work enables the economic empowerment of women through promoting decent working conditions, tackling the barriers that women face to achieving equity in the workplace, and supporting women to take control over their wages and unpaid care work.

Women workers face many barriers to economic empowerment inside and outside of the ‘workplace’, including issues at work (such as unequal working conditions), in their homes and communities, and during their commute. These barriers all have an impact on their ability to stay in work, the conditions of their work, and the economic benefits of it for women. Dignified work promotes the economic empowerment of women workers in all spheres of their lives. Find out more in this Insights blog and this video.  

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Blogs See all

Women paying the price for our clothes – How the EU can address gender inequity in the garment sector
By Huong Hoang and Céline Mias The global fashion industry is one of the most female-dominated industries in the world. It is a goliath of an industry which includes the…
Women can’t shout loud enough… and other myths around female leadership
Women make up approximately half of workers in global value chains, yet their representation in leadership positions is poor. Through the FCDO-funded Work and Opportunities for Women (WOW) programme –…
COVID-19 could drive millions of women into poverty, when they are agents of recovery
COVID-19 has become an unprecedented global crisis, affecting everyone - but not equally so. CARE International UK’s new study on COVID-19 and women’s economic justice and rights shows that women…
COVID-19 and the garment industry: Protect workers, transform the industry
The garment industry employs 60 million workers around the world, nearly 75% of whom are women. The International Labour Organization has estimated that nearly 25 million jobs could be lost…

Publications See all

What works? Preventing & responding to sexual harassment in the workplace: A rapid review of evidence
The Enhancing Women’s Voice to Stop Sexual Harassment (STOP) project is working with the garment industry and government in the Mekong to design and implement workplace models and mechanisms for…
Made by Women: Impact Report 2019
The Made by Women strategy seeks to ensure women in the garment industry have access to decent jobs, are free from violence and harassment and can give voice to their…
COVID-19 could condemn women to decades of poverty: Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ economic justice and rights
COVID-19 has become an unprecedented and unpredictable global crisis. It is “a defining moment in human history”.  COVID-19 has affected everyone, but not equally so. The pandemic is exploiting and…
Social Movements Power Tool
Social movements are a critical vehicle for change around the world, including in many countries where CARE operates. This Power Tool provides guidance on how CARE (and others) can engage…


Find out how CARE's Made by Women strategy economically empowers women garment workers in Asia.

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Fashion Transparency Index 2020 – find out how the biggest global fashion brands are doing on transparency about 'who made my clothes' – a crucial step towards dignified work in the fashion industry (answer: not very well, but getting better)

What next for Asian garment production after COVID-19? The perspectives of industry stakeholders – analysis by the ILO, including input from CARE, on how the garment industry is expected to change as a result of COVID-19 and the potential impact this will have on workers

COVID-19: Action in the global garment industry – this call, which CARE is a signatory to, aims to catalyse action from across the global garment industry to protect garment workers’ income, health and employment, while also calling for work on sustainable systems of social protection for a more just and resilient garment industry

The civil society shadow European strategy for sustainable textile, garments, leather and footwear – a group of 65 diverse civil society organisations have come together to set out their vision for a fair and sustainable sector

ILO Global Summit on COVID-19 and the World of Work: Building a better future of work – view recordings from the largest ever online summit of workers, employers and government representatives to address the impact of COVID-19 on the world of work


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 including information about the Decent Work Agenda and COVID-19 and the World of Work

International Trade Union Confederation website

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre website

WIEGO: Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing website

Business Fights Poverty website

Better Work website – a collaboration between the United Nation's International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC)