Women working in Cambodia’s garment industry deserve to know their rights.
Sophea* is one of 840,000 garment workers, mostly young women, who support the multi-billion-dollar garment industry in Cambodia but face low wages, long hours, and exploitative conditions.
When Sophea’s parents could no longer afford to support her and her siblings, she left school to go and work in a garment factory in the city. She worked up to 12 hours a day, six days a week.
Like the other young women who worked in the factory, she was not aware of her rights.
IWDA’s partner United Sisterhood Alliance in Cambodia run five drop-in centres across Phnom Penh, providing a safe space for garment workers to learn and stand up for their rights.
By visiting the drop-in centre, Sophea gained confidence to join together with her co-workers and demand change.
Sophea is one of the lucky few who has managed to stand up against exploitation. But there are thousands of women who still need your help.
*Names and images have been changed.