Roughly 55 million women currently work in textile factories, predominantly in South East Asia. Most are young, unmarried, and with little education. They are often born in rural areas, and migrate to cities to find work. The garment industry gives them the means to support their families back home. But these employment opportunities are generally open to them because their labour is often inexpensive. Read more
What do we talk about when we talk about Violence against Women?
One of the main problems when talking about gender-based violence is that we tend to think of violence as something very specific, like hitting someone. But violence against women can take many forms. Here are the most frequently asked questions about gender-based violence, violence against women, and the work of FWF on these topics. Read more
In this post, FWF’s Suhasini Singh and Lisa Suess explain the issue of Sumangali.
The Indian state Tamil Nadu is home to some 1,600 spinning mills and employs around 400,000 workers (sixty percent female). Most of the production is concentrated in the districts of Erode, Tiruppur, Dindigul and Coimbatore. A forced labour issue has emerged in the region in the past 20 years: Spinning mills employ agents that use the vulnerability of poor, often rural families from lower castes, tempting parents with a lump sum payment for their daughter’s wedding at the end of three years of labour. Read more
Women’s Safety at Work the widespread problem of gender-based violence (GBV) in garment factories. Fair Wear Foundation has worked together with brands and factories to get solid information on the extent and scope of the problem in different countries, as well as on how much workers know about their rights. Read more
Fair Wear Foundation’s 8 Labour Standards form the basis for its work with members, factories, and workers. When workers are not aware of their rights, they are not empowered to claim them. Between 2012-2013, FWF conducted a survey among women workers in garment factories in Bangladesh. Read more