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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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Improving identification of sexual harassment in factories: How CARE and Better Factories Cambodia worked in partnership
CARE International and Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) are working together to improve how factories prevent and respond to sexual harassment. This collaboration illustrates the benefits of partnership between organisations who…
What’s the most effective way to promote change for women working in garment factories?
CARE has spent more than 20 years engaging with women employed in garment factories. As with many organisations working with the garment industry, worker training is an important component of…
Ending sexual harassment in the world of work requires leadership at every level. Here’s what workplaces can do.
At the International Labour Conference (ILC) taking place now (10-21 June 2019), governments, employers and unions are negotiating global legislation on ending violence and harassment in the world of work.…
ILC 2019: Business community speaks up for a strong and inclusive ILO Convention
Today the 108th session of the annual International Labour Conference kicks off in Geneva. As momentum builds for a strong and inclusive ILO Convention to end violence and harassment in…

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CARE International Women’s Economic Empowerment Impact Report 2018
Women still have fewer economic rights, less access to economic opportunities and less control over economic resources than men due to a range of social, legal and political inequalities. Women’s…
Made by Women 2018 Impact Report: Promoting dignified work for garment workers in Asia
CARE has the ambitious goal of economically empowering 8 million women garment workers in Asia through dignified work by 2021. Learn more about our impact and stories of change in…
CARE evidence to the International Development Committee Inquiry into the DFID Economic Development Strategy
CARE's written evidence to the IDC argues that DFID’s Economic Development Strategy has an inadequate focus on gender and therefore will not deliver outcomes for women, companies and economies.
Call for a progressive ILO Convention and Recommendation on ending violence and harassment in the world of work
This policy brief sets out CARE International’s top line positions and comments on the suggested new International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention and Recommendation on ‘Ending violence and harassment in the…


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

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Fashion Transparency Index 2018 – 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)

New study shows 'fast fashion' continues to risk garment workers' health and well-being – report on research by University of Sussex

Building alliances to end gender-based violence at work – blog by Tula Connell at

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