Browse by Theme: Dignified Work

This report presents the findings of a large-scale, nationally representative survey of sexual harassment in the Cambodian garment industry.

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CARE is presenting a session on sexual harassment in the workplace at the SEEP Network Learning Forum on Women’s Economic Empowerment. So what are the implications for the industry of the prevalence of sexual harassment, and how can the industry provide a safer work environment for women?

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Four years have passed since Rana Plaza collapsed, but are workers any safer? The short answer is yes, but there is still a lot of work to do to make sure their working conditions are truly safe and to ensure workers’ rights are respected across the board.

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Given DFID’s commitment to the Global Goals and to labour standards (eg support of the ETI, guidance within CDC), why doesn’t DFID’s new Economic Development Strategy talk about Decent Work?

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CARE’s programmes on dignified work have for a number of years included training sessions for women in factories. Recent research provides further evidence, backing up our own findings, that investing in training for women workers makes good business sense for factory owners.

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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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Since starting an internship at CARE International UK in the Policy and Advocacy team, I’ve had the chance to support research on women’s economic empowerment programmes, with a specific focus on the ready-made garment sector in South East Asia. CARE’s broader role in training value chain workers in partnership with companies like Mondelez, establishing savings groups with women, and committing to a Dignified Work agenda, is crucial to tackling widespread injustice in global value chains across all industries. Researching ready-made garment value chains specifically has led me to re-evaluate some of my own shopping habits, and shown me that change has to come from consumers.

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