Preventing Workplace Violence: a story from a Bangladeshi garment worker

‘Each helper in the factory is obliged to work two or three hours a day for free. If we don’t make the extra hours, they throw us out.’ To support the UN Women 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, Fair Wear Foundation has published a new worker story from the FWF Preventing Workplace Violence Project. 

Sexual harassment and violence against women are widespread problems in garment factories in Bangladesh and India. In 2011, Fair Wear Foundation initiated the Preventing Workplace Violence Project; thousands of workers and managers in factories have had training on the importance and benefits of preventing workplace violence against women; worker anti-harassment committees have been elected and telephone helplines have been established.

Stories form the factory floor

During ‘art focus group discussions’ FWF assesses women workers’ situation in factories. They are asked to draw and tell stories about themselves, their families and their workplaces. Through the group discussions, the programme team gained deeper knowledge on the impact of the society, community and families on women’s positions at work.

The UN Women ’16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’ is an international campaign which takes place each year, and runs from 25 November, (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), to 10 December (Human Rights Day). The Preventing Workplace Programme is supported by the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.

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