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Educational Aspirations: Children of Garment Workers

In this week’s Garment Worker Diaries blog, we cover a subject our blog series hasn’t fully touched on yet: education.

We had so much to ask garment workers about the subject, and they had so much to tell us, that we’re splitting the blog up into two parts. Part #1 this week focuses on garment workers’ educational aspirations for their own children. Part #2 next week will focus on workers’ own hopes for themselves. We hope you’ll click through!


We’re also inviting you to join us next Thursday February 18th at 10am EST for Ethical New York Fashion Week. MFO’s project manager Dani Ortega will be speaking on a panel alongside Laudes Foundation and SANEM colleagues to discuss the true Supply Chain Heroes, who we all know are the workers. Tune in all week, and RSVP for our panel here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ethical-nyfw-supply-chain-heroes-tickets-138431559521

If there is anything in the blog that we did not cover and which you’d like to know about, please write us your thoughts at questions@workerdiaries.org. We can also pose questions directly to the workers themselves if there is anything specific you’d like more information about.


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Return to Garment Workers’ Households

In this week’s Garment Worker Diaries blog, we put the spotlight back on the other salary-earning members of workers’ households. We haven’t given you an update on this since last summer, but every month since then we’ve been asking garment workers questions about the other people with whom they share their homes.

What we found according to the most recent data from December is that not much has changed since July. Similar proportions of garment workers are either sole salary earners or living with one or more additional salary earners. Work hours and salaries have held very stable over time, as have the variety of jobs and the workers performing those jobs.

Stability might not be the most provocative story, but as we think about what has to happen next, these data give us a good sense of the current situation.

If there is anything in the blog that we did not cover and which you’d like to know about, please write us your thoughts at questions@workerdiaries.org. We can also pose questions directly to the workers themselves if there is anything specific you’d like more information about.


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Update on Garment Workers’ Health: Menstrual Health, Family Planning, and Covid-19 Vaccine Awareness

In this week’s Garment Worker Diaries blog, Update on Garment Workers’ Health: Menstrual Health, Family Planning, and Covid-19 Vaccine Awareness, MFO focuses on women’s menstrual health and family planning.

Additionally, we present survey data from a new set of questions we are asking respondents concerning their awareness of a COVID-19 vaccination. Going forward, we will be asking respondents every week whether or not they have received the vaccine, and reporting the results back to you as regularly as we can via social media and our blog series.

If there is anything in the blog that we did not cover and which you’d like to know about, please write us your thoughts at questions@workerdiaries.org. We can also pose questions directly to the workers themselves if there is anything specific you’d like more information about.


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Garment Worker Diaries: December 2020 Update

In this week’s Garment Worker Diaries blog, December 2020 Update, MFO updates the study through the end of December 2020. The good news is that the data we have received from our respondents in Bangladesh indicate that garment workers there finished the year healthier, less hungry, and working and earning more than was the case during the beginning of the pandemic this past Spring.

However, calls are still mounting for the Bangladeshi government to ready itself for another round of stimulus funding for garment producers as a buffer against still-lagging apparel orders. We don’t yet know if the readymade garment sector will face a second production crisis, but we’ll continue interviewing garment workers to find out what the word is on the ground.

While 2021 might provide some kind of return to normalcy, there are still challenges to progress in the new year, such as the gender wage gap, which we discuss in this week’s blog. Beyond anything, MFO hopes that 2021 allows us all to get back to the work of ensuring fairer wages, better treatment, and more supply-chain transparency for garment workers everywhere.

If there is anything in the blog that we did not cover and which you’d like to know about, please write us your thoughts at questions@workerdiaries.org. We can also pose questions directly to the workers themselves if there is anything specific you’d like more information about.


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Revisited: COVID-19 Precautions in Bangladesh’s Garment Factories

In this week’s Garment Worker Diaries blog, Revisited: COVID-19 Precautions in Bangladesh’s Garment Factories, we take a look back at the COVID-19 precautions factories were enacting in the early days of the pandemic, and compare those data to the results from another set of survey questions we just posed to workers in December.

Based on the workers’ observations, factories have relented somewhat in their enforcement of COVID-19 safety related practices over the past seven months. Garment workers too seem slightly less attuned to COVID-19 precautionary culture.

We also asked garment workers some new questions in December we hadn’t asked them in May, which included gauging their fear of losing their job due to COVID-19.

If there is anything in the blog that we did not cover and which you’d like to know about, please write us your thoughts at questions@workerdiaries.org. We can also pose questions directly to the workers themselves if there is anything specific you’d like more information about.


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