Verité’s vision is a world where people work under safe, fair, and legal conditions. Yet, as we scan the globe, it’s all too obvious that women workers are still particularly vulnerable to labor rights abuses across all sectors and geographies. Therefore our work requires a special focus on how women are treated in the workplace and how gender inequality can exacerbate labor and human rights abuses in global supply chains. Looking just as the most severe form of labor exploitation – forced labor – the gender dimensions are clear: according to the International Labour Organization, nearly 60 percent of workers in conditions of forced labor are women.
At Verité, we recognize that diversity is crucial not only because we strive to create a socially just and inclusive society, but also because diverse backgrounds strengthen and improve our organization and its work. Verité is proud to announce a new initiative at our Amherst headquarters. Last month, we launched the Diversity and Inclusivity Committee with a vision to create an inclusive environment and culture for our entire organization.
This year, Verité’s long-term network partner Association for Stimulating Know-how (ASK) is celebrating their 25th anniversary. Since 1993, ASK has been working towards a more just, equitable, peaceful, and secure world. ASK works with grassroots communities, NGOs, governments, international organizations, and private sector in India and beyond on capacity building, research and evaluation, fair labor and corporate social responsibility projects.
Verité’s vision is a world where people work under safe, fair, and legal conditions. In 2017, we conducted ground-breaking research, amplified our impact, and engaged multinational brands in long-term strategic partnerships towards making this vision a reality. Explore our achievements from last year below, and to support Verité’s work in 2018, please DONATE NOW.
Last month, Verité Senior Director Jon Pitoniak spoke to a group of students at Pope Francis High School in Chicopee, Massachusetts about labor rights. This presentation was an opportunity to engage not only Verité’s local community but also a younger generation about the universal issue of labor rights and modern day slavery. Jon presented to Ms. Leslie Perreault’s Holocaust and Human Rights class, an elective that Ms. Perreault has been teaching for many years at the former Cathedral High School.