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07.03.2017: Garment Labour Union, Bangalore: Women in Black - A silent protest

March 2017 - Women in Black Demonstration. Photo: © GLUMarch 2017 - Women in Black Demonstration. Photo: © GLUOne 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.

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Studies about Childcare in India's Garment factories released

FEMNET cooperates with Cividep in India on the issue of childcare in India's Garment Industry.
Cividep recently published the following documents:

  • Needs Assessment for Childcare Facilities in Bangalore's Garment Industry (2015)
  • Model for factory / Community Crèches and Training for Personnel (2015)
  • Early Childhood Care in Bangalore’s Garment Industry - A Multi-stakeholder Consultation (2015)
  • Taking Care of Business - Childcare in bangalore's Apparel Industries, 2012

We offer all of them as pdf-downloads.

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Better Brands, Better Production?

Digital Development Debates (DDD) has just released its new issue! Issue #15 sets focus on the topic of “responsibility”.

Gisela Burckhardt published her latest artcile in that issue:

screenshot dddBetter Brands, Better Production?

Ever since the tragedy of Rana Plaza, poor working conditions have increased in visibility. But do the huge labels really keep their fair production promises?

High-Class Labels, Cheap Fashion – what has happened since Rana Plaza?

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Women garment workers organize against inhumane conditions in India

Report on GLU 2015

Price does not guarantee fairness

By Gisela Burckhardt first published in

Many people buying a branded fashion garment think that the higher price they pay means a better‑quality product and better working conditions for those who made it. Sadly, they are generally wrong: just like discounters, expensive fashion labels have products made in poor conditions.

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