34 women workers from three villages get trained to exercise labour rights

Labour and Gender Rights Training Programme for Women Homeworkers in Ambur

A one day training programme on gender and labour rights for leather homeworkers was organized by Cividep on 11 th June 2016 in Ambur. The objective of the training programme was to create awareness about gender and labour rights among the women homeworkers. Participants: 34 women homeworkers from three villages – Thuthipattu, Melpati and Navidhiyampatti… Read more »

This heavily pregnant woman with a young child has just finished her shift at a garment factory.

Cividep India to organise a Roundtable Meeting on Living Wages

On Friday the 17th of June, Cividep India will be hosting a gathering of trade unions, civil society organizations, supplier representatives, brands and researchers in Bangalore. The Roundtable Meeting is organized in the back-ground of the publication of the ‘Mind the Gap’ report on living wage by Future in Our Hands, Norway and Cividep India, with the aim of understanding the ‘state of… Read more »

Many women garment workers have to face verbal abuse and harassment on a daily basis

Cividep presents new study ‘Challenges and Prospects for Decent Employment in Tamil Nadu’s Spinning Mills’ at Speakers Tour in Germany

Cividep’s partner organisation FEMNET is organising a speakers tour through Germany from 9th till 20th May 2016. Cividep’s consultant researcher Dr. Anibel Ferus-Comelo, author of the study as well as Mary Viyakula, a representative of the NGO SAVE (Social Awareness & Voluntary Education) report about human rights violations through the Sumangali labour practice in Indian spinning mills… Read more »

This heavily pregnant woman with a young child has just finished her shift at a garment factory.

Are global brands truly minding the gap? Cividep Responds to Global Brands

In 2014, Future in Our Hands (Framtiden i våre hender), Norway and Cividep India jointly conducted a study comparing working conditions and wages in two global supply chains that cater to the European market and have links to South India. The report, which was published in February 2015, concluded that the working conditions in both the supply chains are below universally… Read more »

All incidents of violence and vandalism should also be effectively investigated - Amnesty International India

Amnesty International India issues Press Release on the garment workers protest in Bengaluru

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL INDIA 22 April 2016 Bengaluru Karnataka: Allegations of arbitrary and abusive force against women protesters must be investigated Karnataka state authorities must conduct a prompt, impartial and independent investigation into allegations of arbitrary and abusive use of police force during protests by garment workers in Bengaluru, Amnesty International India said today. Women garment workers who… Read more »

bangalore protest

Garment workers’ protest in Bengaluru: Firstpost article with expert comments on the issue from Cividep

Nearly 10,000 workers from the unorganised garment sector in Bengaluru took the streets by storm in a spontaneous and leaderless protest that started innocuously outside a factory gate in Bommanhalli. Spreading like wildfire, the strike was an intense display of the frustrations of the workers that can be attributed to several underlying causes including low wages… Read more »

remedy remains rare

Remedy Remains Rare

National Contact Points (NCPs) were established to promote adherence to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (the Guidelines). In 2000, these state-based offices began accepting complaints from people harmed by companies’ noncompliance with the Guidelines. With this new role, NCPs acquired the potential to serve as a much-needed forum for accessing remedy for corporate abuses…. Read more »

Low wages leads to poverty among garment workers in India

“A lot of things happen, but we cannot talk about it” – the Plight of Voiceless Garment Workers.

A recent article published by the Bangalore Mirror reveals the plight of migrant workers employed in the garment factories of leading multinational brands. Bangalore is the major hub for the garment industry in South India, for the migrant workers though, it is nothing but a nightmarish sweatshop denying them of their freedom and dignity.  The article cites from… Read more »


Reuters publishes news article on the Stitching Our Shoes Report

Homeworkers Worldwide (HWW), Labour Behind the Label and Cividep India, came together to tell the story of thousands of women homeworkers stitching leather shoes for export, in Ambur, South India. The by-product of this endeavour, the  Stitching Our Shoes report was published in March 2016. The report focuses on the plight of these women, who are… Read more »

Low wages leads to poverty among garment workers in India

Cividep India highlights garment workers issues for the 2016 Asia Regional Forum on Business & Human Rights

The prestigious 2016 Asia Regional Forum on Business & Human Rights will be held on 19-20 April 2016 in Doha, Qatar. The event is an opportunity to highlight areas where greater action is needed by governments and business in Asia. Cividep India highlights an important issue pertaining to working conditions in the garment supply chain – the… Read more »