In alignment with ILO-wide activities promoting Convention 190, strengthening awareness and knowledge on violence and harassment across the factory floor has been one of our focuses. Such issues remain prevalent and serious in the industry, with concerns having only increased during the pandemic. However, Better Work interventions have had a measurable impact in preventing and addressing workplace violence and harassment.
In Jordan, workers’ concerns with verbal abuse and use of vulgar language on shop floors were reduced by 17 per cent thanks to Better Work’s and IFC’s training raising awareness about gender-based violence and changing norms of acceptable behaviour. In Cambodia, increased management awareness of workplace sexual harassment led to an increase in worker reporting, signaling enhanced empowerment and voicing of concerns. This has reduced the likelihood of sexual harassment in the local garment sector.
Building on the programme’s success, Better Work will keep striving for a gender equal and inclusive recovery from COVID-19 by redoubling its efforts across the industry with its partners. Better Work’s new strategy revolves around its already established four pillars.
Better Work’s Gender and Inclusion Action Plan is responsive and designed to evolve over the lifetime of our strategy, Sustaining Impact, 2022/27. In consultation with global and national partners, we will continue to refine our action plans to ensure they support long-term, progressive change.
Better Work five-year strategy (2022-27) embraces innovation around a set of strategic priorities to adapt to the needs of the garment and footwear industry around the world.