News - 2022

Rukmini Vaderapura Puttaswamy. © Regina Weidental

Indian women's rights activist Rukmini V. Puttaswamy receives prize from the Bremen Senate Chancellery

The 17th Bremen Solidarity Award was presented in 2021 to trade unionist Rukmini Puttaswamy of Munnade/GLU at the suggestion of FEMNET.

Rukmini is president of the only women-led union GLU (Garment Labour Union) in India. Rukmini is a tireless fighter and has been campaigning hard for the rights of women garment workers for many years.

For FEMNET, Rukmini and GLU are reliable project partners. Together we have already been able to achieve a lot and, for example, help in hundreds of cases of labor rights violations.

Femnet is extremely happy about this recognition for Rukmini. She and the trade union women of GLU have more than earned the 10,000 Euro prize.

In June 2022 several events will host Rukmini as key speaker and honor her for her achievements.

Global support for strong European regulations - Statement from civil society and trade unions on the EU supply chain law

Together with over 220 civil society networks, individual organisations and trade unions from around the world, we are addressing the European Parliament and EU Member States with a joint statement today. Whether from India, Brazil, USA, China or Bangladesh, all the signing organisations have one thing in common: they demand a strong EU supply chain law. Only a strong EU supply chain law can effectively improve conditions for people, environment and climate along global value chains!

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Focus: Garments Production

The German print magazin D+C (Development & Cooreration) features the worldwide garments production in its May issue.

Dr. Gisela Burckhardt, FEMNET's chairwoman of the board wrote about the German Green Button Lable, which is supposed to stand for sustainability, but needs more stringent criteria in her oppinion.

Read this article and many more on this focus topic.

Textilworkers in Bangladesch at a sewing maschine

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Open letter to the European Union: Supply chain law hast to ensure gender-responsive due diligence

The draft European supply chain law adopted by the EU on February 23 is a success. It establishes rules for compliance with environmental and human rights standards in global value chains. However, it does not sufficiently address the consequences of corporate actions on women and girls. That is why 82 organizations, including FEMNET, are signing an open letter to the European Union demanding that the text is improved to combat gender inequalities and discrimination in global value chains.

Textiles Partnership: The Partnership Initiative Tamil Nadu 2.0 successfully starts its second phase

The joint commitment to improved grievance structures in spinning mills and the promotion of stakeholder dialogue continues. The Partnership Initiative Tamil Nadu entered its second phase in November 2021.  The focus is now on around 40 spinning mills in the four districts of Coimbatore, Dindigul, Erode and Tiruppur.

In addition to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and FEMNET, the four Partnership companies Tchibo, the Otto Group, KiK and HUGO BOSS AG are once again participating in this project. As in the first project phase, the local NGO SAVE is organizing the on-site implementation.

Rising numbers of infections and repeated lockdowns in the Indian state caused delays. But now the project is picking up speed and the first factory visits and training sessions have taken place.