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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 8 million women garment workers through dignified work by 2021

Made by Women — Garment Factories in Asia

We want to ensure garment workers 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.

Made by Women - Programs and Initiatives

Preventing Violence and Harassment at Work

Garment factory managers in Asia are taking action to make women feel safer at work.

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Empowering Women to Take the Lead

Women employed in garment factories in Bangladesh are becoming leaders at work and in their communities.

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Industry Engagement

We supported adoption of the ILO Convention on Violence and Harassment, a global law focused specifically on preventing violence and harassment in the workplace.

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OIKKO supported a strong and united civil society to promote the implementation of fundamental labor rights in the ready-made garment sector in Bangladesh.

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Social and Economic Transformation of the Ultra-Poor (SETU)

The SETU project was designed as a seven-year intervention to sustainably graduate 45,000 extreme poor households out of poverty.

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Made by Women: Impact Overview 2019

Made by Women works to change the lives of female garment workers in Asia. This report reviews the impact of Made by Women's work and partnerships from 2016-2019.

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Made by Women: Impact Report 2019

This report gives an updated snapshot of the working environment for women in the garment industry, outlines our impact to date, and highlights significant achievements in 2018-19.

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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