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2023 A voice for workers

This article was originally published 10th November 2022 on the site of the Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung.

Around 60 to 75 million people work in the textile and garment industry worldwide. The majority of them are women who work and live in strongly patriarchal societies such as Bangladesh or India. Supported by trade unions, only few of them dare to speak up against labour rights violations. As spaces for organised labour continue to shrink, freedom of expression is more and more trampled down.

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The working conditions for women in the garment industry are often inhumane, especially in countries of the Global South. Modern forms of slavery, violence and exploitation are commonplace. Through campaigns, educational work in Germany as well as projects and actions in the countries of the Global South, we draw attention to these issues and contribute to bring about change.

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This film was financially supported by Stiftung Umwelt und Entwicklung Nordrhein-Westfalen and ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL im Auftrag des Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung.