Let’s put a stop to harassment, abuse and violence
Abuse isn’t in any woman’s job description
Nearly 1 in 3 women workers experience violence and harassment in many of the overseas factories making clothes to be sold on UK high streets.
Women like Chea [not her real name], a garment worker in Cambodia, who dreaded going to work because of the regular abuse she faced:
The men at the factory would stare at me and tell me that I was old enough ‘to be eaten’... Walking the small distance from my sewing machine to the toilet used to be very uncomfortable.
Or another worker at a garment factory in Cambodia who told us:
Sometimes, of course I think about not going to work any more, but then I think about my family and I know I cannot quit.
It’s time for this to end
CARE International wants to see the creation of new international standards which would cut out harassment, abuse and violence in the workplace – and there is currently a rare opportunity to make this happen.
The ILO (International Labour Organisation) is considering creating a new Convention – a global agreement for employers, governments and trade unions – to end workplace harassment, abuse and violence.
UK fashion companies can help turn this into a reality. We believe they have a responsibility to act.
So we’re asking the head of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) – a trade body representing high street fashion brands and retailers – to make a public statement in support of the new Convention.
As a potential customer of clothing brands in the UK, your voice is really powerful.
And if UK companies respond to your call and show their support publicly, a new ILO Convention is more likely to be created.
This could make a huge difference to ending harassment and abuse against women at work.
Find out more
- Read more about the ILO Convention
- Read CARE’s policy brief on Ending violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work
- Don’t forget to sign up to #March4Women in London on Sunday 4 March – where you will be able to hear a speech from Nazma Akter, a woman’s rights activist from Bangladesh who began working in a clothing factory at the age of 11