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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

ILO Violence and Harassment Convention: Taking stock of progress in the Asia-Pacific region
Co-authored by Hester Le Roux and Siddikur Rahman As the Generation Equality Forum kicks off in Mexico City this week, we pause to reflect on all the challenges women still…
Promoting the rights of women garment workers: achievements, challenges and adapting for the future
2020 saw the greatest challenges the garment industry – and its workers – have faced. At the end of five years of intense focus on the rights of women working…
Three tools for addressing gender-based violence and harassment in garment supply chains
“It makes both moral and business sense to be a leader in addressing the problem of gender-based violence and harassment.” These were the words of Scott Deitz, Founder of Convene…
5 minute inspiration: How factories are making women feel safer
“I felt humiliated and could not focus on my work after I was harassed by my co-worker. I decided to report to the sexual harassment prevention committee because I trust…

Publications See all

Made by Women: Impact report 2020
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…
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…


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)