2023 Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector

High fashion on low wages: the need for improvement in garment and footwear manufacturing in Albania

Feb 13, 2023 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Virtual 2


by Gender Alliance for Development Centre The workshop will discuss the conditions and deficiencies for workers in the sector in Albania and possibilities for garment and footwear companies to improve the situation. The session is planned to be organized in a workshop format with a panel of 4 speakers who will focus the discussion on these topics: 1) salary and living wage; 2) health and safety issues and the role of the OHS councils; 4) Harassments and violence in the world of work related to ILO C-190; 4) Trade unions role and responsibilities to improve conditions at work, while also boosting women workers’ voice and agency. Agenda 10:45 – 11.00 Registration 11.00 – 11.15 Opening remarks by Mirela Arqimandriti, Executive Director, gender analyst and expert in gender-based discrimination in the labour market with a special focus to women workers in garment and footwear sector in Albania 11.15 – 11.30 Perspective from the International bodies acting in Albania • Alliance building among CSOs and Trade Unions in improving the working conditions in the sector. Olof Plame International Centre • The Need for Global Solidarity in Textile. Mr. Steven McCloud, Solidarity Centre 11.30 – 11.40 The views of KSSH regarding the improvement of the situation in the garment and footwear sector. Mr. Kol Nikolla, KSSh. 11.40 – 11.50 Discrimination and work safety implications to Albanian women and girls in the garment industry. Mrs. Gertjana Hasalla, Centre for Labour Rights. 11.50 – 11.25 Open discussion with the participants. 11.25 – 11.30 Conclusions and closure of the event

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