For consultation - Moving the needle: Gender equality and decent work in Asia’s garment sector Regional Road Map

This working Road Map complements and supports the ILO paper ‘Moving the Needle: Gender equality and decent work in the garment sector in Asia.’ Guided by a theory of change and set of recommendations and key messages developed by the paper, the Road Map aims to promote increased momentum, cooperation and synergies for gender equality within Asia’s garment sector during the period 2021-22. This draft is currently open for consultation.

Recognizing that the broader global supply chain context includes cotton and textile production as well as garment manufacturing and retail, the Road Map builds off the findings of the 'Moving the Needle: Gender equality and decent work in the garment sector in Asia’ report and focuses on the status and advancement of the women who comprise the majority of workers formally employed in the ready-made garment manufacturing sector in Asia.

In line with the Decent Work in Garment Supply Chains Asia project, particular attention is given to initiatives for sector change in four countries: the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Indonesia, the Union of Myanmar and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.

Four strategic gender themes underpin the Road Map. These are:
- pay equity;
- discrimination, violence and harassment;
- unpaid care, managing work and family responsibilities (including care support, and maternity and paternity provision); and
- women’s voice, leadership and representation in industry decision-making.

There is an emphasis in this context on strengthening social dialogue and joint stakeholder actions at regional and national levels. A key driver for Road Map progress will be ‘network power’ – i.e. diverse organizations contributing to shared priorities and actions through their own resources and connections.

This Road Map has been produced as part of the Decent Work in Garment Supply Chains Asia project of the International Labour Organization (ILO). The project is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) under its regional strategy for Asia and the Pacific 2016–21.