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Bangladesh, John Kerry, Solidarity Center, garment workers, human rights, workplace safety and health

John Kerry Backs Bangladesh Workers in Forming Unions

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with leaders of Bangladesh garment unions recently in Dhaka, where he emphasized workers’ ability to freely form unions as key to workplace safety. “Enhancing worker safety has to be paired with strengthening workers’ rights,” he told a group of 60 garment workers and allies. “The fact is garment… [READ MORE]

Gender-based violence, Solidarity Center, gender equality, human rights

Building Alliances to End Gender-Based Violence at Work

Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world—and yet not enough is done to prevent it, especially at the workplace. “Without gender equality, we cannot have worker rights, and without worker rights, we cannot have gender equality,” says Lisa McGowan, Solidarity Center Senior gender specialist, speaking at the… [READ MORE]

Shawna Bader-Blau, Solidarity Center, gender equality

Women’s Economic Empowerment and Workers Rights

Globally, women are paid 30 percent less than men—but “imagine instead of corporations making 30 percent more off women’s labor, imagine if that 30 percent were coming back to our communities in the form of wages,” says Shawna Bader-Blau, Solidarity Center executive director. Speaking on the panel, “Women’s Economic Empowerment and Workers Rights,” a Solidarity… [READ MORE]

Media Highlights

  • September 9, 2016

Jamie Davis, Solidarity Center Myanmar country director, discusses how unions, starting from scratch after decades of military rule, are organizing workers and making gains. “We need to make sure workers in Myanmar, as in any country, including the United States, have a voice.”

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