Lesotho

Lesotho, garment factories, Levis, Kontoor Brands, The Children's Place, Solidarity Center, gender-based violence,

The Solidarity Center in Lesotho is joining with unions and women’s organizations to achieve a dignified workplace for women garment workers.

The Solidarity Center in Lesotho is partnering with Lesotho-based trade unions and women’s rights groups, global fashion brands and international rights organizations to secure a safe and dignified workplace for women employed in the country’s predominantly female garment sector.

Some 12,000 garment workers and managers in five Nien Hsing Lesotho factories will take part in worker-driven education and awareness trainings, part of a precedent-setting program established in 2019 through two jointly negotiated agreements negotiated by Basotho unions and women’s rights groups with Levi Strauss, The Children’s Place and Kontoor Brands. The program establishes an independent reporting and monitoring system with remedies for abusive behavior.

Together with the Solidarity Center, Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) and Workers United, the Lesotho-based unions and women’s groups are designing and implementing the program in coordination with the independent monitoring organization tasked under the agreements with developing a clear code of conduct and a system for reporting abuse.

Participating Lesotho-based organizations include: the Federation of Women Lawyers in Lesotho (FIDA), the Independent Democratic Union of Lesotho (IDUL), the National Clothing Textile and Allied Workers Union, Lesotho (NACTWU), the United Textile Employees (UNITE) and Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Education Trust (WLSA)-Lesotho.

The agreements came about after a 2019 investigation by U.S.-based Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) found that the mostly female workforce at three Nien Hsing textile factories was regularly coerced into sexual activity with supervisors as a condition of gaining or retaining employment or promotions, and were persistently sexually harassed, verbally and physically.

Media Contact

Kate Conradt
Communications Director
(+1) 202-974 -8369

 

Lesotho Garment Worker Program to Combat Gender-based Violence Begins

A worker-centered, precedent-setting program that targets gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH) in four Lesotho garment factories is now in effect for as many as 10,000 workers producing jeans for the global market. The program inauguration on Friday was marked...

Lesotho Garment Workers Strike, Win Back Pay

Tens of thousands of garment workers in Lesotho waged a successful one-day strike for unpaid wages, returning to work after the government agreed over the weekend to honor the agreement it made in April to pay workers during the novel coronavirus lockdown. Some 50,000...

Women & Their Unions Stand Strong during COVID-19

In Tunisia, 150 women garment workers self-quarantined in their factory to manufacture desperately needed protective masks, churning out 50,000 a day as the COVID-19 crisis broke out. The South African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) reached an agreement...
Lesotho Plan Has All Elements to End GBV at Work

Lesotho Plan Has All Elements to End GBV at Work

A new worker-centered, precedent-setting program will comprehensively address the rampant gender-based violence and harassment denying thousands of women garment workers a safe and dignified workplace in Lesotho. The program, established by two negotiated and...

Pact Combats Gender Violence in Lesotho Factories

Pact Combats Gender Violence in Lesotho Factories

Leading apparel brands, trade unions and women’s rights organizations sign binding agreements to combat gender-based violence and harassment at key supplier’s factories in Lesotho With support from U.S. labor organizations, collaborative program creates independent...

Pin It on Pinterest