BSCI celebrates International Women’s Day

08-03-2012

Each year on 8 March, the critical role of women in society is celebrated around the globe through UN-organised International Women’s Day. Today BSCI will use this day to raise awareness of the many inequities that remain for women at work. A webcast for BSCI participating companies is organised on this day and will focus on “Working Conditions of Women in the Bangladesh Garment Sector”. During these presentations participants will hear from Swedish NGO, Swedwatch, the HerProject of Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and Swedish fashion company, Lindex. Women represent around 80 per cent of women in the textile and garment industry and around 43 per cent of the agricultural labour force in developing countries. Alongside working in factories and farms, women also take on most of the responsibility to care for children and the elderly. Despite their important role in development, across the world women continue to lag behind in employment opportunities, wages, access to education, training, technologies and mobility. BSCI is dedicated through the implementation of its Code of Conduct to work towards improved working conditions for women, and indeed all workers, in factories and farms.

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