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, in specific projects to improve labor conditions for women.
Our partners train and empower women workers so they understand and learn how to defend their rights. Women are trained in leadership and empowered to form well-functioning women’s committees at the farm level, for instance.
In addition, the Campaign contributes to developing capacities of its partners to carry out effective lobbying and advocacy. This is done through linking and learning events, facilitating advocacy training, promoting the formation of coalitions and networks, and through financial support for learning.
The Campaign advocates for equal treatment and equal pay for women. We approach governments and businesses in order to have them guarantee the right to decent work and to implement living wages. We also promote access to justice for women workers through quality and affordable legal services and community awareness.
Cooperation and collaboration
We actively encourage cooperation between the private sector and civil society in multi-stakeholder forums. Here, we aim to bring about responsible business that takes gender equality into account at every step. Moreover, we work to strengthen and enforce labor policies, and promote workplace policies that include a gender lens.
We collaborate with front runner horticulture firms: companies that are looking to improve their corporate social responsibility. Involvement from the private sector can play a key role in driving change in the global horticulture value chain (including among retailers in Europe). More than 70 farms are working together with the Women@Work Campaign to improve the labor conditions of women workers.
Through the portal CSR Africa, we provide horticulture firms with insights into the sector's social performance, detailed and business positive improvement advice and connections to service providers for implementation of improvements. The portal also helps companies in the sector to see where they stand from a CSR perspective.
We use evidence-based advocacy in the Campaign. To this end, we do research in the following areas: labor rights for women, with a special focus on living wages; corporate social responsibility (CSR), with a focus on best practices and the provision of business advice; effective certification schemes that include workers participation and effective monitoring mechanisms; and legal issues, necessary for lawsuits.
Finally, we use public campaigning to raise awareness on working conditions, labor rights and the position of women, targeting the business sector, governments, general public and workers themselves.