Geschlechtsspezifische Gewalt und Belästigung in Bangladesch

Joint projects
Pilot project on gender-based violence and harassment in Bangladesh
Making social audits more gender-sensitive

Gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH) is a significant human rights risk in the textile supply chain due to the high proportion of female employees. Therefore, purchasing and manufacturing companies need to address it accordingly in risk analyses and prevention measures.  

In practice, it is difficult to detect cases of discrimination or gender-based violence in production facilities. Those affected are sometimes not even aware of the misconduct by colleagues and superiors. Some do not report incidents because they are afraid of negative consequences or because they feel ashamed.  

Common monitoring methods such as social audits usually take place in the production facilities. However, those affected by GBHV need a safe space with privacy and security in which they can speak openly about their experiences. It is therefore important to take GBVH specific considerations into account when designing social audits. 

The pilot project

Based on the guideline „Due Diligence, Social Audits and Gender-Based Violence and Harassmentby the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, the pilot project brings together several organizations to support companies in implementing gender-sensitive audits in production facilities in Bangladesh. The aim is to identify, address and reduce GBVH in textile supply chains. 

Training courses for auditors will be conducted to raise awareness and to qualify auditors to conduct gender-sensitive audits. Moreover, the management and the employees of factories will be sensitised to the issue of GBVH. 

In a second step, gender-sensitive audits for production companies will be developed and implemented as a pilot project. 

Other possible project activities include the support of women's organisations and trade unions as well as the development of gender-sensitive management systems in factories. After the pilot phase in Bangladesh, the participants want to expand the project to other manufacturing countries. 

Cooperation Partners

The pilot project is planned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in collaboration with a consulting team from Avigato Consulting GmbH. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is involved as implementation partner. Further cooperation partners, both within and outside the Partnership, are highly welcome. 


February 2022 - April 2023 

Links and further information

Sector risk discrimination, sexual harassment and gender-based violence

Annual Topic 2020: Gender-based violence

Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 5 – Gender Equality

Contact (Dr. Carla Dohmwirth / Christina Krause)

The project on gender-sensitive social audits is still in the planning stages. Do not hesitate to contact us in case

  • you want to participate in the project (regardless of whether you are a PST member or not).
  • you have ideas, needs or recommendations.
  • you wish further information.