On International Women's Day: 'Women's Safety at Work' website online

Millions of women garment workers face the risk of violence everyday. In 2012, Fair Wear Foundation started a programme to prevent and remedy violence against women. Four years later, on International Women’s Day, FWF presents the knowledge gained in the Violence Prevention Programme in the new Women’s Safety at Work.

Indian and Bangladeshi laws are very clear on the steps to be taken in workplaces to prevent and remedy violence against women. Together with European clothing brands, Indian and Bangladeshi garment factories, trade unions, governments and civil society organisations, Fair Wear Foundation helps implement these laws on the factory floor.

Training top managers

Over the past years, FWF and its local partners have trained thousands of (top)managers, supervisors and workers on the importance and benefits of treating women better. Anti-harassment committees were established to handle complaints filed by workers. In the beginning workers talked about things like dirty toilets. As the system took hold, and they saw these practical issues were solved, women dared to open up about more complex problems like harassment.

On the new website Fair Wear Foundation has identified some of the most important issues that put women, particularly women garment workers, at risk of violence. Women’s Safety at Work shows that violence involves more than just hitting or shouting. It can also mean that there aren’t enough toilets at factories. A safe workplace means that women are paid enough, are able to get paid maternity leave, or can travel safely to and from work.

Besides learnings from the project, the portal also has guest blogs from gender experts, unions, and other ngos. The site will grow through collaboration so stay tuned for more cases and analysis.

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