SDG 5 – Geschlechtergleichheit


SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Almost every fifth woman, including minors, has been a victim of physical or sexual violence within the last twelve months. 49 countries do not have laws protecting the victims from this violence. Where laws exist, they often lack enforcement. In the textile sector, violence against women is also a widespread problem. In a survey conducted by CARE in textile factories in Cambodia, almost one in three workers said they had been sexually harassed in the workplace in the last twelve months (CARE 2017). In 18 countries, a woman’s spouse can legally forbid them taking official employment. Furthermore, women often accept jobs that pay poorly or not at all.

The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles strives to improve working conditions, including gender equality. Brands, retailers, manufacturers and the Federal Government therefore commit all producers and business partners to achieve the social Partnership goals to be observed. The Partnership Initiative Tamil Nadu aims, for example, to systemically improve working conditions in the textile and clothing industry in Tamil Nadu in southern India, and in particular to make the situation of women and girls in spinning mills more socially acceptable. A training program accompanies the establishment of legally required complaints committees in spinning mills, including in the supply chain of Partnership companies, and informs workers and management about labor rights. 

In 2020, the Textiles Partnership has set gender-based violence as its theme for the year. Since then, more than 15 Partnership members have been involved in an expert group. They exchange ideas on the topic and develop support offers. For example, the group developed a guideline to effectively anchor gender-based violence in social audits, to show the limits of social audits and to integrate them meaningfully into due diligence processes. 

In the 2021 review process, Partnership members had to analyse, address and report on gender-specific risks in their supply chain for the first time. Based on their individual risk analysis, the companies have set themselves a variety of goals and measures – such as raising awareness among textile workers of the problem of gender-based violence, supporting internal factory committees or adopting a gender policy.

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Under "Projects worldwide" you find numerous projects of our members, which contribute in different ways to the achievement of the SDGs. If you are interested in a particular SDG, it is best to filter by sector risk.

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