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Learning Summit: New Tools to Address Gender-Based Violence and Harassment in the Garment Sector 

Wednesday 24 February, 2021 | Virtual Event

CARE and Better Work organized this online event to learn about new tools, good practices and evidence of what works to prevent gender-based violence and harassment in the garment industry.

 

Overview

This Learning Summit followed on from the Business of Women at Work event co-hosted by CARE and Better Work in Phnom Penh in October 2019. It highlighted progress from industry collaboration and aimed to facilitate shared commitment among industry stakeholders to prevent gender-based violence and harassment.

This issue is prevalent throughout the garment industry including in workplaces, commutes and worker communities, with recent research from CARE finding that nearly 1 in 2 women reported facing harassment in the year prior to the survey. This has a cost for national economies, industry and individual businesses—CARE’s research in Cambodia estimated the productivity costs of sexual harassment could be as much as USD $89 million per year.

The event featured evidence and lessons learned from CARE’s ‘Enhancing Women’s Voice to STOP Sexual Harassment’ project, based on our experience working to address gender-based violence and harassment in 42 factories across Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. The Learning Summit included the launch of Standard Operating Procedures for Addressing Gender Based Violence and Harassment, which have been designed by Better Work and CARE to support the industry to adopt good practice.

 

See what happened

More than 150 people joined us on 24 February 2021 to learn more about new tools, good practices and evidence of what works to prevent gender-based violence and harassment in the garment industry.

Watch the full recording here.

See illustrations here

Agenda 

9:30 - 9.35                     

9.35 - 9.40

9.40 - 9.50

9.50 - 10.10

10.10 - 10.30

10.30 - 10.45

10.45 - 11.05

11.05 - 11.25

11.25 - 11.30

Introduction                          

Hermes Huang, Managing Director, InsightPact 

 

Welcoming Remarks           

Hitesh Dharod, A/Regional Director – Asia, CARE  

 

Leading Change: Why Now is the Time for Industry Action 

Scott Deitz, Founder, Convene Communication Strategies

 

Setting the Stage: Tools to Address GBVH in the Garment Sector 

  • Jenny Hickey, Deputy Programme Manager, Better Factories Cambodia

  • Nga Vuong Thai, STOP Sexual Harassment Project, CARE Vietnam

  • Allie Glinski, Associate Director, ICRW Advisors

 

Panel Discussion: How Can Business Tackle GBV in the Workplace? 

  • Joni Simpson, Senior Specialist – Gender, Equality and Non-Discrimination, International Labour Organization

  • Nga Vuong Thai, STOP Sexual Harassment Project, CARE Vietnam

  • Naurin Muzaffar, Lead Advisor - Sustainability Strategy, Operations & Transparency, Crescent Bahuman Ltd. 

  • Allie Glinski, Associate Director, ICRW Advisors

 

Q&A 

 

Using the Tools: How VF Corp is Addressing GBVH in Its Supply Chain

Maria Lassen, Manager – Worker Rights, Global Responsible Sourcing, VF Corp

 

Q&A 

 

Closing Remarks

Sara Park, Program Manager, Better Factories Cambodia

 

Featured Speakers

 
 

Resources

Implementing Partners

CARE is an international development organization fighting global poverty which has been working with women in garment factories for more than 20 years. Since 2016 CARE has had a special focus on dignified work for women garment workers through Made by Women. Better Factories Cambodia engages with workers, employers and governments to improve working conditions and boost competitiveness of the garment industry. CARE and Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) have shared vision and values to address violence and sexual harassment in garment factories. The two partners, in collaboration with a number of brands, have been working together since 2018 to address sexual harassment in the Cambodian garment industry. CARE and Better Work signed a global MOU in 2019 and are also working together as part of the Empower@Work Collaborative.

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Learning Summit: New Tools to Address Gender-Based Violence and Harassment in the Garment Sector