We must Remember and Demand more Calls for Female Worker Rights

Support ILRF’s advocacy on women workers’ rights

Photo by @TheIndypendent from 106th anniversary commemoration

Top: Memorial plaque at the corner of Washington Place and Greene Street, New York City. Bottom: Photo from 106th Anniversary Official Commemoration organized by the Remember the Triangle Coalition and Workers United / SEIU, by @TheIndypendent.

Dear Kevin,

Today ILRF and the labor movement remember the 146 victims — 123 women and 23 men — killed in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire 106 years ago, one of the deadliest workplace events in New York City and the U.S. Most of the victims were young immigrant women aged 16 to 23. In the aftermath, unions and women’s rights groups came together to fight the horrendous sweatshop conditions many immigrants were facing across the city.

Today, immigrant women continue to toil in sweatshop conditions in non-union garment factories in the U.S. In South Asia, 1,500 garment workers have died in recent years as a result of unsafe workplaces, lax government regulation, and a system of corporate-controlled monitoring that failed to uncover or address glaring safety violations. Two days ago, a steam boiler explosion in a Cambodian factory producing for Levi’s, C&A and Guess killed one worker and injured several others, including a pregnant woman. Together we can demand a new system of true corporate accountability that puts an end to such workplace tragedies.

ILRF works with our in-country partners to strengthen women garment workers’ advocacy and organizing. ILRF has promoted women worker leaders and their ability to demand a living wage, especially in women-dominated industries, like apparel, for 30 years. But it’s only with you, our supporters, that ILRF can continue advancing our work.

Despite the dark days ahead with the current political atmosphere, it’s actually an exciting time to be here at ILRF. Over the last few weeks, ILRF’s actions in support of Women Workers Rising and the Women’s March on Washington have inspired us to keep pushing back against the disrespect, barriers, and intimidation women face around the world at their jobs.

ILRF works with partners across the globe – from Bangladesh and Cambodia to Honduras and Guatemala – to advocate for worker safety and economic justice. Your continued support is what makes ILRF’s work possible.

I hope you can make a contribution today. Your support will be critical to helping us support women workers’ rights.

In solidarity,

Judy Gearhart
Executive Director

P.S. With less than 5 days until the end of our spring campaign, anything you can give will mean a lot. Thank you!

 International Labor Rights Forum.


About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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