Home life: the story of Nazima

Women often have a double job. They work in the factory and then go home to take on household chores and look after their children often without much help. Balancing these responsibilities can be difficult sometimes. The story of Nazima shows how the balance between overtime and child care can be difficult to maintain sometimes.

A few months ago, Nazima had a baby girl. To contribute to supporting her family, she works as an operator. One day her Floor Manager approached her at the end of her shift, and gave her a 200 piece target that she should complete as overtime work. Nazima could not stay, because she had to pick up her baby, who was being cared for by her parents. The Floor Manager, however, insisted that there was an urgent shipment that needed to be completed, and that Nazima’s work would help reach the goal. So he tried to force Nazima to stay back and work to complete the 200 pieces.

A member of the Anti-harassment committee at the factory saw this and decided to intervene. She understood both positions and was able to come up with a solution on the spot. She stayed behind to complete the 200 pieces that were needed to complete the order, which allowed Nazima to go to her baby.

While this solution solved the most immediate problem, the basic issue still remains. For women it is often difficult to combine their roles at home and in the factory, and last-minute requests or changes by the brands put factories in a difficult position as well. They don’t want to say they are not able to deliver and risk losing a client. And in many cases women are afraid to say no to these requests. But with children waiting at home or at school, this becomes very difficult to do.

This and other cases presented in the portal are based on real cases that have been reported through FWF’s complaints hotline. Read more about the complaints procedure.

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