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
Highlighted Dignified Work Programs
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.
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.
CARE’s Response to the Impact of COVID-19 in the Garment Sector
CARE is now focused on protecting the rights and needs of women in the garment sector across our country portfolio in Asia and Africa. Our response efforts focus on supporting women workers to adopt COVID-19 prevention strategies, to access support services – including health but also psycho-social, sexual health and GBV services – and receive much needed financial support for themselves and their families, including through cash transfers. In addition, we are aligning our work with global efforts, including endorsement of the COVID-19 Call to Action in the Global Garment Industry and the Civil Society Shadow European Strategy for Sustainable Textiles, Garments, Leather, and Footwear. It is critical that we respond to the immediate needs of women workers, but also lay the groundwork for recovery.
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.
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.
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.
Learn more about Dignified Work and our response to the impact of COVID-19 in the garment sector on CARE Insights, CARE’s information hub with in-depth research and commentary on key issues affecting women.
Sexual Harassment and Garment Manufacturing in the Mekong: Legal Frameworks
CARE’s report outlines the legislative or regulatory frameworks on or related to sexual harassment in the workplace, both at national and international levels, with particular focus on Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
Manufacture of Non-Medical Facemasks: Technical Guidance
See technical guidance developed by CARE Myanmar with the Aung Myin Hmu project for the production of washable, non-medical facemasks aligned with CDC guidelines, both to ensure local supplies of personal protective equipment and to provide cash for work opportunities for women.
Manufacture of Non-Medical Facemasks: Instructional Video
See the instructional video developed by CARE Myanmar with the Aung Myin Hmu project for the production of washable, non-medical facemasks aligned with CDC guidelines, both to ensure local supplies of personal protective equipment and to provide cash for work opportunities for women.
Each year Made by Women publishes a report on the impact of CARE’s efforts to promote dignified work for women in the garment industry. Read to learn more about our achievements to date, programs which are leading to positive change, and how our partnerships are increasing our impact.
In 2018, CARE’s Made by Women strategy commissioned an outcome harvesting evaluation to help understand the range of outcomes achieved by OIKKO. This report documents the key features of the harvest design and provides detail on the process and its limitations.
The EKATA Model: Supporting workers to take action
The EKATA model has been tested and developed by CARE Bangladesh to promote collective empowerment of women. It has been tailored to promote workers' rights to encourage women's leadership and empowerment within the garment industry.