On 10 th March 2018, garment workers from Peenya Industrial Area came together to stand up against sexual violence at the workplace, to mark International Women’s Day. Garment workers wore black, formed a human chain and silently protested. This is in line with the global Women in Black anti-war women’s movement that began in the 1950s in Palestine and Israel.
The event was held from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm, in two places, namely NTTF Circle, Peenya 2 nd Stage, Bangalore and near Mereena Creations garment factory, 100 ft Road, Laggere Cross, Bangalore. Around 300 to 350 garment workers and public gathered in each place.
"Made in Myanmar" is becoming increasingly popular on the labels of pants, shirts and jackets. The Myanmar garment industry is booming and is increasingly producing apparel products for the European market. FEMNET had a chance to chat with two Myanmar activists Myo Myo Aye (49), the programme director of Solidarity for Trade Union Myanmar (STUM), and Thurein Aung (42), the director of Action Labour Rights (ALR) about the labour rights violations in the export-oriented garment industry of Myanmar. The activists from Myanmar visited the Netherlands and Germany at the invitation of the SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations).
Venue: Bonn, German Development Institute, Tulpenfeld 6
Date and time: 22nd of February 2018, 6 – 8 p.m.
Two Myanmar labour rights experts – Mr. Thurein Aung of Action Labor Rights (ALR) and Ms. Myo Myo Aye of Solidarity for Trade Union Myanmar (STUM) will report on current labour rights concerns in the garment industry with a special focus on freedom of association and the role of labour groups and civil society organisations.
The workers of Ananta Fashion & Ananta Apparels Ltd, two garment factories housed at same building in Dhaka metropolitan city, resisted repetition of another Rana Plaza tragedy through united movement following partial collapse of the building recently under the leadership of the NGWF along with their factory union.
Security guardrooms at the ground floor of 15-the storied Ananta Plaza, which houses both the factories, collapsed on April 5, 2017 at about 5:00pm, when about 3000 mostly women workers were still producing RMG products inside the building, giving in to big earth-hole created due to pressure of a massive excavation of immediately adjacent land.
The ‘Rana Plaza Tragedy’ took place on April 24, 2013 when the 8-story building that housed five RMG factories, killed 1,138 and injuring over 2000 workers, most of whom were women. That was the worst industrial accident of the world in 100 years. Hundreds of the wounded Rana Plaza survivors suffered permanent disability & still languishing in unbearable pains.
One in seven women in Bengaluru garment industry faced sexual violence at the workplace: Women in Black protest on International Working Women’s Day
On 7th of March 2017, garment workers from Peenya Industrial Area came together to stand up against sexual violence at the workplace, to mark International Working Women’s Day. Women wore black and silently protested, in line with the global Women in Black anti-war women’s movement that began in the 1950s in Palestine and Israel.
The programme started out with a street theatre performance on reporting sexual violence, and the stigma surrounding it. Women from the Garment Labour Union interacted with women factory workers, and focused on raising awareness around sexual harassment at the workplace, and shared results from a study conducted in 2015 that focused on sexual violence faced by garment workers.