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A Common Thread: Issues for Women Workers in the Garment Sector

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A Common Thread: Issues for Women Workers in the Garment Sector

Published: May 17, 1999

This issues paper focuses on the garment industry, one of three sectors being addressed in WIEGO’s global markets program, which seeks to explain how current changes in global production and distribution systems affect women. The paper will be followed by a number of research studies, designed to support the activities of the International Alliance of Home-Based Workers (HomeNet). HomeNet organizes both sub-contracted home-based workers and own account workers in the informal sector, and has requested WIEGO’s assistance in analyzing present trends in the garment industry and in forging links with the government and private sectors to advocate for policy changes. The research findings will contribute to the policy dialogue and to finding ways to help women to challenge, to adjust to, or, to take advantage of the changes and opportunities resulting from the emerging trade and investment patterns.

Author: Julie Delahanty

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