75% of garment workers globally are women yet they are often underrepresented in leadership positions in their workplaces and communities. This means the challenges faced by women workers can go unrecognized or are not prioritized by those with the power to make a difference.
However, the situation can change when women have the skills and confidence to speak up and women are organized so they can speak together with a unified voice.
Our research in Bangladesh showed supporting women to develop leadership skills, build solidarity and take collective action helped women claim maternity pay, receive minimum wage and deal with harassment in the workplace.
Many global brands have supported our work to promote women’s empowerment. We want to engage with more organizations who believe empowering women will lead to improvements in the garment industry.