Asian dialogues on sustainability

Women’s leadership for gender equality in the garment sector

As part of the Decent Work in Garment Supply Chains Asia project, the ILO and its International Training Center (ITCILO) are holding a five-part webinar series to explore social dialogue-based solutions for advancing gender equality in the garment and apparel sector in Asia.

Webinars are free and open to everyone to join. Sign up and register for more information here.

Languages: English with simultaneous interpretation into ဗမာ (Burmese), bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian), ខ្មែរ (Khmer), and Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese).

Drawing on insights from industry leaders from across the region, this series will look at challenges to gender equality in the garment sector, whilst also highlighting instances of promising practices that are contributing towards improvements in gender equality and working conditions.

Webinars will cover five topics:
  • 4 November: Evidence for amplifying women’s voice, representation and leadership in the garment sector
  • 18 November: Promising practices in advancing equality and non-discrimination in the garment sector
  • 2 December: Closing the gender pay gap – practical measures and initiatives in the garment sector
  • 16 December: Sharing is caring: unpaid care work, families and the world of work
  • 6 January: Ending violence and harassment in the garment sector– what will it take?
This webinar series is open to all and would be of particular interest to key industry actors such as worker and employer organizations, brands and retailers, manufacturers, multi-stakeholder initiatives, policymakers, and civil society organizations.

About the project

The Decent Work in Garment Supply Chains Asia project aims to bring together knowledge and insight from across the garment sector in Asia, and enhance regional action and industry coordination to drive decent work and sustainability goals.

With a core focus on four key areas - social dialogue, gender equality, productivity and environmental sustainability - the project will shine a light on the approaches that drive effective change. The project is implemented by ILO with financial support from the Government of Sweden (Sida).

Webinars form part of a wider Women’s Leadership in Social Dialogue in the Garment Sector programme. This six-month programme is designed to support emerging female leaders from across the sector in Asia in their efforts to advance gender equality through effective social dialogue. With an initial intake comprising representatives from Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Indonesia, the programme consists of a mixed learning model with 5 online modules and 6 live webinars, together with discussion forums and coaching. The German development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH also sponsors participants in the programme.