HWW has produced a new Briefing Note in our Organising Women Workers series.
Across the world, women workers are concentrated in the poorest paid jobs, with the fewest rights and least job security. Often traditional organising approaches are too rigid to answer the needs of working women and new methods are needed. We want to shine a spotlight on trade unions and NGOs who are working to support the organisation of women workers in highly challenging circumstances.
The labour rights NGO Cividep, (in Bangalore, South India) worked with women garment workers to build a women’s movement and eventually a trade union to enable them to claim their rights as women and as workers. Cividep’s approach, which involved supporting women with the many issues they face both in and out of the workplace, proved successful with workers where more traditional organising techniques had repeatedly failed.