Civil society groups mark Intl. Women's Day 2020 by calling for greater protections for women workers

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5 March 2020

Campaigners to demonstrate against Uniqlo’s failure to pay owed wages to former garment workers in closed Jaba Garmindo factory

Author: Clean Clothes Campaign

“Campaigners call on Uniqlo to resolve wage theft cases for International Women’s Day”, 4 March 2020

Campaigners from the Clean Clothes Campaign and Labour Behind the Label will be marking International Women’s Day 2020 by holding a demonstration on Saturday 7 March outside Uniqlo’s flagship London store in solidary with 2,000 garment workers from the former Jaba Garmindo factory in Indonesia.

The majority of the Jaba Garmindo workers are women, and many are in desperate situation having been unable to find new work, either considered too old for new employment…or…blacklisted for their continuing campaigning efforts. Workers are now homeless, unable to afford nutritious foods, essential medicines or to continue to send their children to school…

Uniqlo owned by parent company Fast Retailing…[recently] signed a partnership with UN Women, the first formal alliance between a clothing company based in Asia and UN Women,…yet their lack of action to ensure remedy in this case is [contradictory]. “The workers…have waited long enough for the money they are entitled to…You can’t empower women workers if you don’t pay them…,” [Meg Lewis, Labour Behind the Label].

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4 March 2020

Gendered impacts of business activities must be embedded in emerging due diligence legislation, report says

Author: Kelly Groen, Lis Cunha & contributors, ActionAid

“We mean business: protecting women’s rights in global supply chains”, March 2020

Multinational[s]…often…avoid any consequences for…human rights violations and environmental impacts linked to their activities. For women this can be [especially problematic],…[particularly in]…the Global South. When water sources are polluted women have to travel farther…, when children fall ill…, women’s…domestic work increases. [W]omen are over-represented in export- orientated manufacturing and the agri-food sector…[and] are also more vulnerable to land grabbing...

[I]mpacts of corporate activities are by no means gender neutral. Business activities can lead to gender-specific harms and discrimination, exacerbate existing inequitable gender roles and structures within a community, and create further discrimination based on intersecting identities…, women [additionally] fac[ing]…barriers to justice…

[S]tates have increasingly…consider[ed]…[m]andatory human rights due diligence…to identify, prevent and mitigate adverse [business] impacts. Legislation also needs to provide meaningful liability, with access to remedy for rights violations throughout companies’ supply chains and operations. [G]endered impacts...on women nee[d] to be embedded in...emerging due diligence legislation.

[ActionAid’s]...explains why such an approach is needed, and how states and companies can integrate gender- responsive human rights due diligence into existing and emerging efforts…

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2 March 2020

International Transport Workers' Federation supports campaign to pressure govts to ratify C190 to end violence & harassment in the workplace

Author: International Transport Workers' Federation

"#IWD2020: Women's equality can't wait, it's time to fight gender-based violence now", 3 March 2020

... As women, men and unions celebrate International Women’s Day today, the ITF is calling for support for the campaign to end violence and harassment in the workplace...

ITF affiliated unions globally will be on the frontlines calling for gender equality, an end to gender-based violence and occupational segregation, and demanding that governments ratify the new International Labour Organization (ILO) convention on violence and harassment at work...

Join the campaign now...:

  • Educate, agitate and organise your members in support of C190
  • Campaign nationally and internationally for the ratification of C190
  • Pressure governments to make C190 part of their national laws
  • Negotiate with employers to integrate C190 language in workplace agreements
  • Activate members around the issue to end violence and harassment in the world of work

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