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SAVE - Social Awareness & Voluntary Education, India

Foto: © SAVEFoto: © SAVEThe NGO was founded in 1993 and campaigns against child labor and for the improvement of working conditions in the spinning and textile mills. FEMNET has cooperated with SAVE since 2016, after their employee Mary Viyakula reported on the fate of the young girls in the spinning shops on a speakers tour through German cities. Since 2016, SAVE has been the partner NGO for an alliance initiative in Tamil Nadu.

In order to abolish the slavery of young girls between the ages of 14 and 18 and to improve working conditions in the mills and factories in the state of Tamil Nadu, in 2016 FEMNET introduced an alliance initiative into the textile alliance at the suggestion of SAVE. Four companies have agreed to support them: Hugo Boss, KiK, Otto, Tchibo and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). A development partnership (DeveloPPP.de) also includes Transfair e.V. (Fairtrade Germany) and the textile company Brands Fashion. The aim of the initiative is the systemic improvement of working conditions in the textile and clothing industry in the southern Indian state.

With a kick-off workshop, the Alliance Initiative was successfully launched on 19 September 2017 in Coimbatore, South India. A total of 58 people participated in the stakeholder workshop, including local representatives of government, business, non-governmental organizations and trade unions.

About the Alliance Initiative

In Tamil Nadu, southern India, spinning mills and textile factories are expected to significantly improve compliance with social standards and, in particular, the working conditions of 500,000 women and young girls in spinning mills and textile factories in Tamil Nadu, southern India.

Building a political dialogue between the state, companies and civil society strengthens trust among stakeholders and challenges the sector. The training programs for workers and management in 300 spinning mills promote social dialogue and initiate measures to improve working conditions for workers, such as the establishment of legally mandated complaint committees. Another objective is to increase the quality of state control of working conditions through training of labour inspectors.

Additional information:

The Textiles Partnership:  https://www.textilbuendnis.com/en/

Website of the organization: www.savengo.org