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Women workers in the front lines

20 May, 2020Global unions have joined forces for a gender equal new normal in a series of webinars addressing women workers in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. The first one took place on 19 May and discussed women workers in the frontlines.

The webinar was the first in a series of three that will take place in the coming weeks.

Webinars available for viewing:


“Whichever way you look at it, Coivd-19 has very distinct impact on women workers, and workers already marginalized with vulnerability, inequality and oppression. Workers in the informal economy, which is where the majority of women work, have been particularly hard hit, losing their livelyhood overnight, no social protection to fall back on, with the additional hurdle to access health and care services,”

said Chidi King, head of the ITUC equality department.

“The Covid-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the supply chains in the garment industry. This crisis will mark a new beginning. We should fight for a new normal in solidarity. All policy responses to the crisis must include a gender dimension,”

said Fulya Pınar Özcan, president of Turkish union Öz İplik İş’ women’s committee.

Globally, the garment industry employs 80 per cent women. 

“In the garment sector there is a need for a sectoral approach lead by trade unions. A new normal in textile and garment would be to put ahead sectoral agreements. On a global level, IndustriALL has been demanding that brands, employers and governments come together with trade unions to find ways to support workers […] in this unprecedented period. What is at stake here is the viability of the industry,”

said Christina Hajagos, IndustriALL textile director.

Upcoming webinar: