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A Life with Dignity: Honduran Women Raising Voices to Improve Labour Standards

This paper shows how CODEMUH (Colectiva de Mujeres Hondureñas), a grassroots women’s collective in Honduras, mobilised a popular movement around labour rights in the country’s textile factories, or maquilas. Focusing on occupational health, CODEMUH ran a campaign which included research, training, and advocacy workshops for the women themselves, building alliances locally, nationally, and internationally, and involving key journalists and the media.

The paper explains the challenges and the strategies used to overcome them. It also outlines the lessons learned when women have greater capacity to advocate for changes in policy and practice at corporate and national levels.

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Uploaded on: Jun 13, 2017
Last Updated: Jun 14, 2017
Year Published: 2009


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Resource Type: Impact Evidence Issues: Community Organizing, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Labor & Employment, Livelihoods, Policy Advocacy, Women's Rights Tool Type: Journal Articles & Books, Reports / Research, Training Resources & Popular Education Method: Promoting Citizens' Participation in Governance Languages: English Regions: Honduras Nature of Impact: Acquisition of Remedy / Entitlement / Information, Change in institutional / government practice, Change in law or policy, Rights Consciousness, Status change Scale of Intervention/Impact: 0 to 1,000 people Institutions Engaged: Media, National Legislative body, NGOs, Private Sector Firms Evaluation Method: Observation, Surveys