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Worker Diaries Update through October 2021

Our Garment Worker Diaries blog post this week is a round-up of the study through the end of October 2021. Among other news, food security is up as are COVID-19 vaccination rates. We hope these trends continue in a positive direction, and we’re thankful for each garment worker who continues to share their story with us.

As always, you can send any questions you have for MFO, SANEM, the workers or about the project to questions@workerdiaries.org


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Where Workers Live: Sub-zone Descriptions for the Worker Diaries Sample

MFO continues mapping out the garment industry in Bangladesh and the milieu within which garment workers go about their daily lives there with this week’s Garment Worker Diaries blog post.

We enlisted the aid of our supervisors in the field to draft descriptions of all of the neighborhoods the garment workers in our study reside in.  By interacting with our latest map you’ll pick up facts about workers’ neighborhoods such as where they buy their food, which schools their children have access to, how they commute to work, and how they spend their free time. We also used land elevation data from Climate Central to show the vulnerability of workers to climate change.

As always, you can send any questions you have for MFO, SANEM, the workers or about the project to questions@workerdiaries.org


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Factories, Workers, and Flood Risk

In last week’s Garment Worker Diaries blog we presented some analysis we have done on the vulnerability of workers and factories to flood risk in Bangladesh. We are in the early stages of our work on this, but wanted to share some initial findings with you using what we hope is an informative and engaging map visualization. Your feedback is welcome as we continue to explore this issue.

As always, you can send any questions you have for MFO, SANEM, the workers or about the project to questions@workerdiaries.org


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Garment Worker Diaries Sample Distribution Update through June 2021

Over the past months, some of our readers and other interested stakeholders have asked for more detail about the geographic distribution of the workers participating in the Garment Worker Diaries (GWD) study in Bangladesh. As we have stated in all our blogs and other publications, the sample was selected from five areas where there is a concentration of RMG factories: Chattogram, Dhaka City, Gazipur, Narayanganj, and Savar. MFO chose these areas because this is where factories are concentrated, and at the time when we were building our sample we only had factory locations to guide us. 

In this week’s blog post we provide an update on our sample, including a comparison of the distribution of our sample in comparison to the distribution of garment workers identified in the 2017 Labour Force Survey (LFS)—a dataset that was not available to use when we started the GWD. As might be expected the LFS results show that workers are, indeed, concentrated in the areas we targeted and the distribution of workers across those areas is similar to the distribution of the GWD sample.

The blog also includes an updated, interactive map showing the distribution of the sample, overlaid with the locations of all the factories identified in the Open Apparel Registry and Mapped in Bangladesh.

As always, you can send any questions you have for MFO, SANEM, the workers or about the project to questions@workerdiaries.org


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Worker Diaries Update through September 2021

The end of September 2021 marked one full year and a half of continuous data collection with garment workers in Bangladesh. Our blog for this week summarizes the most recently collected data through the end of September.

And in case you missed it, here is our most recent #OpenDiaries post in which we asked garment workers whether the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how they work and if so, how.

As always, you can send any questions you have for MFO, SANEM, the workers or about the project to questions@workerdiaries.org


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