Breaking the Silence: The FWF Violence and Harassment Prevention Programme

Violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work is a prevalent and persistent issue, deeply rooted in unequal structural norms and practices. It is a global issue that affects all occupations and sectors. It is particularly widespread in the garment industry, which employs a high number of women, often in lower-paid, lower-power positions.

In 2012, the FWF Violence and Harassment Prevention Programme was established in India and Bangladesh as part of the FWF Workplace Education Programme (WEP). Recognising the importance of tackling this topic, the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided FWF with funding and material support to help set up the Violence and Harassment Prevention Programme. Since 2018, FWF member brands also fund a portion of each training programme.

The aim of the Programme is to establish effective systems to address and prevent violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work.

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