Human Rights In Fashion



Gender based discrimination is prevalent in the fashion and garment industry. 80 per cent of the garment manufacturing workforce are women. However, within this sector, women are rarely in high-paid or managerial positions. 84 per cent of women in the ready-made garment sector in Bangladesh are in low paid positions. On the other hand, 95 per cent of line managers are men.

Being in subordinate positions, women are also subject to physical and sexual abuse. 1 in 7 female garment workers said they had left their job due to harassment. Women also face discrimination for becoming pregnant. Many are forced to leave their jobs or are afraid the physical demands of the work might lead to miscarriage. Being a majority female workforce, the human rights violations suffered in the fashion industry disproportionately affect women.

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