The violation of human rights remains a serious challenge in the textile and garment industry. Low-skilled women account for the majority of the workforce in the industry, and these women are subject to various forms of abuse impacting their daily lives and consequently the lives of their families. The critical need and dependency for employment for survival and subsequent fear of job loss results in an increased tolerance amongst these women towards withstanding significantly difficult working conditions. Low wages, gruelling work schedules and lack of access to appropriate and much needed healthcare are only a few examples of the issues at the forefront of the violation of their rights and freedoms.
Violence against women is a bitter everyday occurrence in India’s factories.→ →
Beyond pandemic funding and measures, companies should care for their female textile and garment workers by fostering safe and inclusive spaces for them within the workplace.→ →