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What we do

The Women@Work Campaign aims to improve the labor conditions and the position of women workers who earn their living from working in the global supply chains of flowers and vegetables (horticulture). In other words, we want to bring about decent work for women.

We want to improve working conditions by making the supply chains gender inclusive. This means that women workers are integrated in a supply chain that provides fair wages, safety and security in the workplace and participation in decision making.

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How we work

With the Women@Work Campaign, Hivos and partners catalyze change by linking up stakeholders, being a constructive partner and by acting as an industry watchdog. The Campaign includes local and regional partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), companies, labor unions, certification bodies and others, to improve labor conditions for women. Here is our way of working - what we aim to achieve and how we are doing it - pictured.

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Why we do it

The Women@Work Campaign strives for a world where women are economically independent and have decision-making power. Yet, deeply-rooted inequalities in the social, political and economic spheres keep women in disadvantaged positions and disempower low-income women workers.

Globalization of our economies has positively stimulated private sector development in lower and middle-income countries and has provided many jobs for women in these countries: in farms and factories, women are crucial links in the global value chains. Many of them however face exploitation and violation of their rights.

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Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Women@Work Campaign is funded through a five-year strategic partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). The Dutch government and the Citizens Agency Consortium (Hivos – IIED – ARTICLE 19) prioritize their support for inclusive economic growth and decent work for women in low and middle-income countries. At the local, national and international levels, this partnership will contribute to sustainable, inclusive development, and fight against poverty and the lack of equal rights for women.