Safer garment factories: How to tackle GBVH in Asia?

Moving the needle: Creating the future together | Online Seminar 3 | Please find the recording under: "Web" (on the right-hand side)

Gender based violence and harassment (GVBH) is a widely discussed topic in the garment and textile sector. Many actors are determined to fight for safer factories and a healthy environment for workers. Raising awareness and sharing tools and approaches is one of many ways in which stakeholders come together in their efforts.
Today we want to look at the specific roles of industry stakeholders and how each of them is creating an enabling environment in preventing and remediating GBVH, with reference to new tools developed to support a healthy sector. The objective of the event is to show that tackling gender-based violence and harassment is a collective responsibility across the supply chain – one that demands collaboration from manufacturers, brands, workers, and policymakers alike.


Lesley Abraham, CARE Australia 

Lesley Abraham leads CARE’s Made by Women strategy focused on the economic empowerment of women garment workers. She has been working in the international development sector for nearly 20 years, with extensive experience with both non-profit and government organizations. Being based in Asia for the past eight years, she is working primarily on issues related to women’s economic justice and gender equality. 

Sara Park, Better Factories Cambodia 

Sara Park, Better Factories Programme Manager, brings to her role over 20 years of experience from Finland, Indonesia and ILO HQ in Geneva. Since joining the ILO in 2011, she has worked with different projects on programme management, as well as diverse technical topics such as gender, disability, and health and safety in supply chains.  

Natasha Zervudachi, World Benchmark Alliance 

Joing the Wold Benchmark Alliance as a research analyst in early 2021, Natasha Zervudachi, has been working on the Gender Benchmark, drawing from her experience in the private sector. Prior to her role at WBA, Natasha worked for the Fung Group, supporting on sustainability-related strategy and policy development, stakeholder engagement and Environment, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) reporting.