Perspective: Asia Floor Wage and Gender - October 2009

A n Asia Floor Wage for the global garment industry has significant advantages for lives of millions of workers who are primarily women. According to research by several scholars as well as international institutions and NGOs, women represent an estimated 60% to over 80% of the global garment manufacturing workforce. The ILO considers gender equality as a key element in its vision of `Decent Work for All Women and Men ́ for social and institutional change to bring about equity and growth. Indeed, women’s empowerment is about women taking ownership of their lives and leading a dignified existence without discrimination. This must be with the support of their social environment and with protection from verbal and physical abuse. The AFW is a firm advocate of these principles.