Made by Women

Dignified Work for Women Garment Workers

75%* of garment workers globally are women. We want to ensure they are respected at work and their voices are heard.

CARE has the ambitious goal of economically empowering 8 million women garment workers through dignified work by 2021. Why? 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. 

By promoting improved practices in global supply chains, strengthening women’s leadership and working with governments to promote public policies which will positively impact workers, we aim to support meaningful change across the garment industry in Asia. We do this by engaging with workers and worker organizations, factories, brands, industry associations, governments and civil society partners in Asia, and we are increasingly working in new sourcing countries such as Ethiopia. 

So what changes do we want to see? We want to ensure workers’ rights are protected so they are safe from violence and exploitation. We want to support women to voice their concerns and work together to access their rights at work. We want supply chains to be more ethical and transparent so all workers within them are respected and protected.

Download a brief overview of the Made by Women Strategy

Learn more about our impact and stories of change in the 2019 Made by Women Impact Report

Our Programs

Learn more about how we work with women, their employers and the industry.

Our Influence

Engagement with governments, unions and private companies is leading to positive change in the garment industry.

Our Insights

Learn more about the reality for women working in the garment sector through our videos and research.

Our Partnerships

CARE doesn’t work alone. Discover who else we work with and the changes we’re supporting.