Women & Globalization: Decent work for ALL

Three years project (2009 - 2011), financed by the European Commission, leading organization "Christliche Initiative Romero" (Germany) and as partners "Frauensolidaritaet" (Austria) and GERT (Bulgaria). The project is oriented to the producers of sports wear for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and to the work conditions in the garment industry enterprises in general.
Saturday 22 August 2009
article translations български

Despite the fact that the Millennium Development Goals have been written almost a decade ago and we live in the 21st Century already, it appears that the phenomenon called “underpayment” still exists.

Bad work conditions and respectively life conditions are very common in the world, not only in the Third World Countries but also in our own. Big Corporate Companies do not care about how the product that they’re buying on such a low price is produced; they only care about how to sell it on much higher price. That is why we (three NGOs from Austria, Germany & Bulgaria, as well as organizations from numerous South American, African and Asian countries) decided to take action and launch a public dialogue between women workers in such factories and the consuming society. The idea is to connect workers in garment industry and women who will participate in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.

The main subject of the project “Women & Globalization: Decent work for ALL!” are the low and increasingly informal conditions and quality of work and life of women in the Global Economy.

The concrete objectives and goals of the project are in line with the “Examples of actions on promoting decent work that can be developed in the context of external assistance programmes” of the European Commission, which are:

- promoting the improvement of working conditions, including in the informal and rural sectors;
- improving working conditions and rights at work in export processing zones;
- promoting CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) in global supply chains;
- improving the involvement of the relevant stakeholders;
- promoting women’s participation in social dialogue.

The Target groups: Women - multipliers, workers, interested female journalists, female citizens, women working for the Government (on national or European level), sport teams and associations.

The best way to raise public awareness, to change the attitudes to the issues and difficulties the developing countries and their people are facing, to mobilize greater public support for action against poverty and fairer relations between developed and developing countries is to find support from the people and associations, participating in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, because of its wide publicity.

The goal is to gain publicity on the problem and also to make connection between women, whose rights are being betrayed, and women, who have the power to help them – so that a strong women society is built, working for a fair and bright future – the right to have decent life and humane conditions of work.