Better Work’s five-year gender strategy will empower women, reduce sexual harassment and close the gender pay gap in the global garment industry.
Although women represent around 80 per cent of the workforce in the garment sector worldwide, they are concentrated in the lowest-paying, lowest-skilled occupations. Gender-based discrimination during recruitment processes and sexual harassment in the workplace remain widespread. Social norms and the predominance of working mothers also contribute to a sizeable gender pay gap, with female factory workers earning up to 21 per cent less per hour than their male counterparts.
Building on it’s on-the-ground experience and compelling research findings, Better Work’s gender strategy aims to unite partners from the public and private sector to scale up what has proven to work to empower women, increase productivity and improve the lives of workers and their family members.
The strategy will be implemented through targeted factory initiatives, and by strengthening policies and practices at the national, regional and international levels.
Download the full strategy or the highlights document to find out more.