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Menstrual Health and Family Planning, May 2021 Update

Menstrual hygiene and family planning are the focus of this week’s Garment Worker Diaries blog—this past May 28th was Menstrual Hygiene Day and on that same day we asked female garment workers about their menstrual health, as well as their family planning practices. This is our 3rd general update on these important aspects of workers’ health.

MFO and SANEM collaborated with SNV Bangladesh to both formulate the survey questions and craft the blog. We were fortunate to receive a quote from SNV’s Farhtheeba Rahat Khan (Team Leader, RMG Inclusive Business Programs), who adds her own insight into how adequate menstrual hygiene awareness is essential for the well-being of both workers and factories. We invite you to take a look at the blog to read what Fara has to say and review our findings.

If you have any questions for us, the workers or the study at large, please send an email to questions@workerdiaries.org.


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Household Savings Practices, Part Two

A few weeks ago we shared a Garment Worker Diaries blog with you which served as an introduction to household savings practices among garment workers in Bangladesh. This week we return to that theme and dig into the data a bit more.

What we found is that open communication governs the rules of household savings withdrawals, and more often it is the case that household members inform each other when they avail themselves of any household savings (whether shared or unshared). This largely holds true for both women and men household members.

If you have any questions for us, the workers or the study at large, please send an email to questions@workerdiaries.org.


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Garment Worker Diaries Update through April 2021

This week’s Garment Worker Diaries blog signals thirteen months of uninterrupted data collection during the pandemic in Bangladesh, from April 2020 through April 2021. Garment workers are still living under lockdown conditions there, but it seems that restrictions are starting to loosen somewhat.

You might have noticed that we’re sharing our blog with you earlier in the week than usual. We’ve decided to stick with this new schedule, as last week’s collaboration with Fashion Revolution has inspired us to do. And in case you missed it, here is the short film debuted in that blog in which we interview one of our longest-running study participants, Shila.

If you have any questions for us about the film, the workers or the study at large, please send an email to questions@workerdiaries.org.


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Garment Workers and Climate Change: The Socioeconomic Link

This week’s Garment Worker Diaries blog is being hosted by Fashion Revolution, by whom we were invited to be guest writers. You can read the full blog, “Garment Workers and Climate Change: The Socioeconomic Link” on their site.

In addition to being a reflection on the intersection of gender, economics and climate in Bangladesh, the blog introduces a new short film about Shila, a garment worker in Bangladesh. We hope you’ll watch the movie to hear Shila’s full story. If you have any questions for us about the film, the workers or the study at large, please send an email to questions@workerdiaries.org.


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An Introduction to Household Savings

We step back into Bangladeshi garment workers’ households in this week’s Garment Worker Diaries blog to learn more about savings practices. We also update the project data on additional household wage earners through the end of March 2021.

There are some interesting gender dynamics at play in the savings data workers are providing. We’re going to spend the next week analyzing this data and hope to have a more in depth blog on savings to share in the next few weeks.

As always, if you have any questions for us or the workers, please write to questions@workerdiaries.org


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