Female clothing workers in Myanmar still fear rape and robbery


Businesses involved in Myanmar’s clothing sector should take steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their female employees, say the authors of a new study.

According to a recent report – Women, work and violence in Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan – female clothing workers in Yangon, Myanmar, have reported feeling physically unsafe while travelling to and from work, an issue that has a substantial impact on the industry’s productivity.

Violence against women remains a widespread social problem that haunts and threatens the female population across the country.

The report, conducted by IMC Worldwide, the University of Portsmouth and the International Center for Research on Women between November 2015 and March 2017, focused on the interaction between women, work and violence in Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan.

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