For many women who leave their oppressive personal spaces to join the workforce, harassment is a daily reality. Their decision to leave the domestic sphere, adversely affects their mobility, productivity, general well-being and overall economic potential. This potential can not be realised until we address the discrimination, bias and violence that impacts their personal lives in homes and communities.
According to a recent report by the Fair Wear Foundation, in the apparel industry alone, as many as 75% of the employed women have faced some sort of verbal or physical abuse. This along with the challenging working conditions on the factory floor, such as long hours and safety violations, make the act of stepping out to claim their place in the public domain an even bigger battle for women.
Women in the workplace are often victims of the age-old sexist power dynamics and silently deal with issues of violence – physical, verbal, sexual and mental – as an extension of the violence they are subjected to in their private spaces.