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#Against Violence to seamstresses

FEMNET-Vorstandsfrau Dr. Gisela Burckhardt und FEMNET-Geschäftsführerin Johanna Hergt zu Besuch bei SAVE im Februar 2019.  © FEMNET

FEMNET-Vorstandsfrau Dr. Gisela Burckhardt und FEMNET-Geschäftsführerin Johanna Hergt zu Besuch bei SAVE im Februar 2019. © FEMNET

India: Training in factories, promoting civil society, anchoring structures

In India, unlike Bangladesh, there are legal provisions for setting up complaint committees in factories, but they are insufficiently implemented. The spinning mills of southern India are characterised by particularly serious forms of violence against young women and girls. Therefore, we support our partner organisation SAVE to work for change, particularly to set up complaint mechanisms in the spinning mills through the FEMNET project #Against Violence, within the framework of the "Alliance Initiative Tamil Nadu" of the Textiles Partnership.

The "Tamil Nadu Alliance Initiative" aims at systematically improving working conditions in the textile and garment industry in Tamil Nadu in Southern India. Overall, it aims to better living conditions of women and girls in spinning mills. Among other things, more than 80 trainers from 40 civil society organisations are trained with a "training-of-trainers" approach under the leadership of SAVE on the topics of workers' rights and the establishment of arbitration and complaint committees.

In order to comply with the law and improve working conditions, we take action at many levels. We complement the activities of the Tamil Nadu Alliance Initiative: with our FEMNET campaign and project work #against violence to seamstresses. We support SAVE in networking with other NGOs and trade unions as well as in representing the issue of violence against women more effectively in politics, business and the public by providing communication training and expert advice to the local team.