Shattering the myth:
Women must have self-autonomy to say YES
Aligning the technology:
Misconduct traceability device might protect & prevent
Unique ASHW+ Approach:
Sexual Harassment as Unfair Labor Practices
Respect Vietnam has been pioneering in addressing unfair labor practices, including Gender-based violence (GBV) & sexual harassment. Our unique approach is to addressing GBV & sexual harassment in the relationship with other unfair labor practices (ASHW+). In a unfair working environment where abuse of authority is tolerated, GBV & sexual harassment become "untouchable" areas for victims who are given no autonomy to say no or to report misconducts. Conquering GBV as unfair labor practices via individual & organisational behaviour management is a sustainable approach that any gender-enlightening & people-centric organisations are seeking for in order to grow in a long run.
In 2017 WE@WORK was recognised by Global Fund for Women to become "An integrated and sustainable accountability system to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in garment factories in Vietnam, in particular sexual harassment and sexual violence." A grant of USD 500,000 was awarded to Respect Vietnam and its counterpart to implement WE@WORK to achieve the following Three Outcomes:
1. Improved access to labour rights and protections of women factory workers in 15 garment factories, through introduction of GBV prevention and response into Respect Vietnam's Integrated Conflict Management and Workplace Efficiency Model (WE@WORK);
2. Strengthened capacity and voice of women leaders in the WE@WORK package; and
3. Strengthened regulatory environment and improved protections for workers against GBV in the workplace, through advocacy.
No matter how long social stigma is challenged in public, the fight for equality inside each woman's mind needs to continue. Women in Asia need to be given better autonomy for this fight.
I believe that in order to challenge conventional wisdom about gender inequality, we have to go deeper than how the phenomenon of gender inequality looks. That is why we build, test & localize new models until they work for real & meaningful changes
As women, don't let fear lead us. It is not easy but when we win our own fear, we could be able to figure out how much we love ourselves and the reason why we work everyday for justice & equality.