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Dignified Work

A Cambodian woman wearing a green long-sleeved shirt looks at the camera with a hand on her hip. Behind her, the interior of a garment factory is visible.

Women want to earn income as equals. But they face many barriers in the workplace and at home.

These can be issues they face at work, such as unequal working conditions, and challenges outside of the ‘workplace’, including in their homes, in their communities, and during their commute. These all have an impact on their ability to stay in work, the conditions of their work, and whether they benefit from the money they earn.

From domestic workers to those employed in the garment industry, CARE works around the globe to ensure women can access dignified work opportunities.

of garment workers globally are women

of garment workers globally are women

CARE aims to empower women garment workers through dignified work

Made by Women — Dignified Work in the Garment Industry

Our sustained focus on empowerment of women in the garment industry has created positive change for tens of thousands of women.

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Domestic Workers — Women’s Rights in Latin America

CARE has been working with organizations of domestic workers in Latin America to promote their right to dignified work since 2010.

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Made by Women — Garment Factories in Asia

We want to ensure garment workers are respected at work and their voices are heard.

Why do we focus on this? Because the garment industry is an important employer in Asia and around the world, but women workers are disproportionately represented in the most vulnerable, marginalized, low paid and impoverished forms of work in the industry.

CARE has been working with the garment industry for more than 20 years and we have already had a positive impact on the lives of tens of thousands of workers.

Read more about our work to support women in the garment industry

RISE Initiative to Scale Impact

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Four of the largest women’s empowerment programs in the apparel industry, CARE, BSR’s HERproject, Gap Inc. P.A.C.E., and BetterWork – along with board members from suppliers, brands, women’s rights organizations and worker unions – have formed a new initiative called RISE: Reimagining Industry to Support Equality in order to scale impact and accelerate equality for women workers in global garment supply chains.

Learn more about RISE

Read RISE’s latest annual report

Domestic Workers — Women’s Rights in Latin America

CARE has established partnerships in Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, and Guatemala, and more recently in Mexico, Colombia, and Honduras. These partnerships engage in research, exchange of experiences, communications strategies, coalition building, and networking and capacity building, with the goal of influencing public policies, strengthening their organizations, and improving the lives of more than 10 million domestic workers across the region by 2030.

Read more about our work with domestic workers in Latin America

Protecting Women at Work

We supported adoption of the ILO Convention on Violence and Harassment, a global law focused specifically on preventing violence and harassment in the world of work which was formally adopted at the International Labour Conference in June 2019.

Read more about our work with the ILO Convention