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Advancing Gender Justice on Asian Fast Fashion Supply Chains post COVID-19 – Learning from ILO’s Convention 190 on its First Anniversary

Low wage women workers are least likely to have access to limited social safety nets, and most earn wages too low to save. As economies contract and millions of workers are fired, older women are among the first to lose their jobs. The unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 are deep and far-reaching, affecting the health and livelihoods of more than 150 million workers in global supply chains and 40 million workers in fast fashion supply chains—a workforce largely made up of women. Government and corporate responses to COVID-19 have exposed vast structural inequalities created by supply chain production models.

This report reviews the gendered impact of COVID-19—and the need for a transformational approach to prevent and end GBVH using guidance from C190*—in the context of Asian fast fashion supply chains which produce primarily consumer apparel and footwear. The report highlights the persistent risk factors for violence that both predate and are exacerbated by COVID-19. It provides detailed guidance for fast fashion lead firms on steps they can take to uphold C190 obligations to address violence on garment supply chains in context of the global public health crisis and the economic shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. While this report focuses on fast fashion supply chains, the guidance for corporate accountability to achieve violence free workplaces provides an important roadmap across global supply chain sectors.

* C190 is the first international labor standard to lay out a gender-inclusive approach to addressing violence in the world of work and measures to end GBVH, including addressing risks associated with discrimination, unequal relationships of power and occupational health and safety

Herausgeber*in/Autor*in: Global Labor Justice; Autor*in: Shikha Silliman Bhattacharjee
Medienart: Hintergrundinformation
Erscheinungsjahr: 2020

Zielgruppe: Student*innen, Erwachsene
Sprache: Englisch
Umfang: 47 Seiten
Bezug: kostenfrei zum Download als PDF-Datei

Suchbegriffe: Arbeitsbedingungen, Asien, Bekleidungsindustrie, Frauen in der Bekleidungsindustrie, Gender, gender-based-violence, GBVH, Gewerkschaften, Globalisierung, globale Wertschöpfungskette, ILO, Lieferkette, Leitprinzipien, Menschenrechte

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