Women's Leadership in Social Dialogue for Gender Equality in the Asian Garment Sector

Promising practices in advancing equality and non-discrimination 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. This webinar is the second in the series.

The presentation from this webinar can be found here. In addition, the links to the webinar recording can be found in various languages below:
This webinar is free and open to everyone. Sign up here.

Languages: English with simultaneous interpretation into Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, and Vietnamese. Bahasa Indonesia - Tiếng Việt - ဗမာ - ខ្មែរ

This webinar will provide attendees with the opportunity to become familiar with the key concepts related to advancing gender equality and non-discrimination in the garment sector.

At the end of the webinar, attendees will have learned of examples of effective policies and measures to prevent and address discrimination (including intersecting forms such as race, colour, sex, religion, political opinion, national extraction, social origin and disability) and ensure fair recruitment, non-discrimination and equality of opportunity. The session will also highlight occupational segregation as well as indicators and international frameworks that support equality in the labour market (such as Convention No. 111).

Key questions

  • What constitutes discrimination in the workplace and in what ways does discrimination commonly take shape?
  • Why is it critical for all parties to actively address discrimination in the workplace?
  • What key policies (on the national and enterprise level) can help drive sustainable change?
  • How have organizations been successful in implementing gender-inclusive practices and in reducing discrimination in the workplace?

Webinar series

Future webinars in this series will cover:
  • 2nd December: Closing the gender pay gap – practical measures and initiatives in the garment sector
  • 16th December: Sharing is caring: unpaid care work, families and the world of work
  • 6th January: Ending violence and harassment in the garment sector– what will it take?

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.