From 2011 to 2013, Homeworkers Worldwide (HWW) worked with Women Working Worldwide (WWW) on a project funded under the DfID RAGS scheme to work towards improvement of working conditions of women workers in the garments and textile sector.
HWW's work focussed on Tamil Nadu, India, they and their partners worked with women homeworkers in the textile city of Tirupur, and with young women and girls from rural Pudukkottai who are recruited to work and live on-site in spinning mills and garment factories. Many of these women are working on garments destined for the British high-street. Both groups of workers face significant rights abuses, with bonded and forced labour present in the mills and factories in particular.
Visit the HWW site to read the end of project report and find out more about the problems these workers face and what HWW and partners SAVE and Read Foundation have been doing to support these women in their efforts to organise, build strength and fight back against exploitation.