How much do you know about the women who stitch our shoes?
HWW is together, with Labour Behind the Label, launching a new report highlighting the working conditions of homeworkers in the leather footwear industry.
Homeworking is standard part of the production process for many leather shoes. In Tamil Nadi, South India, thousands of women work at home hand stitching the uppers for shoes which are exported to big brands and high street shops here in the UK. Their work is poorly paid, insecure, and damaging to their health - and homeworkers have no protection such as health insurance or social security for when they are ill or unable to work.
This in-depth report details the role homeworkers play in global supply chains, the effect of gender and caste discrimination on workers, the conditions they work in, and what homeworkers themselves are doing to change things. The report concludes with a series of recommendations for companies and governments outlining the changes they need to make to ensure fair treatment of homeworkers.
This report has been produced as part of the Europe-wide CHANGE YOUR SHOES campaign.