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Lesotho garment workers struck landmark deals to tackle gender-based violence. Here’s how it happened.

Published: September 13, 2019

By Rola Abimourched, Libakiso Matlho, Thusoana Ntlama & Robin Runge Gender-based violence and harassment, including sexual harassment in the world of work, are among the most pervasive human rights violations and most effective tools at preventing gender equality. Female garment workers—who are the majority of the global garment workforce—are systematically targeted and experience the highest…

Landmark Agreements to Combat Gender-based Violence and Harassment in Lesotho’s Garment Industry

Published: August 19, 2019

Last Thursday marked the announcement of a set of landmark agreements among leading apparel brands, a coalition of labor unions and women’s rights advocates, and a major apparel supplier to combat gender-based violence and harassment in Lesotho’s garment sector. These enforceable agreements—with Levi Strauss & Co., The Children’s Place, and Kontoor Brands—link the each of…

Nien Hsing Textile (Lesotho)

Published: August 15, 2019

This report details the findings of the WRC concerning gender-based violence and harassment and violations of associational rights at three garment factories in Maseru, Lesotho and the ground-breaking commitments made by the owner of the factories, and the leading apparel brands that produce there, to remedy these violations. Read the Full Report: WRC Report on…

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

Published: August 15, 2019

Maseru, Lesotho; Washington, D.C. (August 15, 2019): Civil society groups, an international apparel manufacturer, and three global brands have agreed to launch a comprehensive pilot program intended to prevent gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH) in garment factories in Lesotho employing more than 10,000 workers. Five Lesotho-based trade unions and women’s rights organizations, as well as…