Trading Away Our Rights: Women working in global supply chains

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01 Apr 2004

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Though globalisation fuels valuable national export growth of many countries, women at the end of the supply chains of some of the world's most powerful companies do not receive a fair share of its benefits. Usually working as temporary workers working long hours without access to benefits, leaves, bonuses and sick pays, they struggle to provide for their families. The harsh reality faced by women workers in developing countries highlights one of the glaring failures of the current model of globalisation. Based on clear analysis of research results from various researchers within Oxfam International and partner organisations, this paper sets out clearly the need for fair trade and inclusive worker rights for women in particular across the global supply chain.