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Rahima, a garment factory worker in Bangladesh, next to a sewing machine and with her back to camera

Sexual harassment and violence against garment workers in Bangladesh

Read about our research and campaign to secure a new law protecting people in the workplace


Research conducted by ActionAid has found that 80% of garment workers in Bangladesh have either seen or directly experienced sexual violence or harassment in the workplace.  

This shocking figure demonstrates the need for greater protection of women and girls throughout the garment industry, which is one of Bangladesh’s key industrial sectors. 
Governments, employers and trade unions have recently negotiated the first ever international law to end violence and harassment in the world of work at the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva. 

In this briefing paper you can find details of the campaign, our research into the conditions faced by garment workers in Bangladesh, personal stories of some of the women we spoke with and information about what happens next.