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29 Jul 2014

FNV Mondiaal & Indian Committee of the Netherlands

"Small Steps - Big Challenges" - Update on (tackling) exploitation of girls and young women in the garment industry of South India

This publication…pays particular attention to employment schemes referred to under the name…Sumangali…a practice whereby young, unmarried, predominantly Dalit women are employed in textile and garment factories for years to enable their families to pay for their daughter’s dowry. In reality this scheme entails a system of bonded labour, in which labourers are tied to their employers through postponed payments of withheld wages….ICN and FNV Mondiaal asked twenty-one major Netherlands-based and international buyers about their position, procedures and measures to ban bonded labour and related labour violations in their supply chains.