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Garment Worker Diaries Update through May 2021

Looking strictly at the work hour, wage and food security data, the near-term outlook for garment workers in May 2021 is an improvement over the situation in Bangladesh in May 2020: work hours have stabilized, wages are back to normal, and food security rates are dramatically improved over the beginning days of the pandemic.

But another way to put this would be to say that, in the long-term, garment workers are still working too much, for too little, and the food security rates are proof of this: 1 in 4 garment workers continue to report at least one week in a month when they did not eat enough due to a lack of money, and for workers who are parents about 1 out of every 7 of them reports that their children aren’t eating enough in at least one week in a month. This is even during an Eid cycle in which over 60% of garment workers received a bonus payment from their factory. 

Normally, we avoid making comments about the adequacy of wage levels. But the data have been mounting over the last few months and are clear: workers working full-time and overtime still report food insecurity.

Speaking of data, and clarity, we’d like to take a moment to apologize for an error in our work hours data that we published in our April monthly update (the April 2021 numbers reported were those for March 2021). We’ve since corrected that error, with a note, and updated the associated graph. If you ever think we’ve made a mistake, or you’d like to discuss a specific data point, please write to us at questions@workerdiaries.org.


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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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