Recently, IFC launched the publication Understanding Gender-Based Violence Through the Lens of Haitian Garment Workers. The study, which was conducted in partnership with Share Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization working to bring social programs to benefit workers in the Haitian garment sector, explores workers’ experiences with various types of gender-based violence and assesses the impact on the workplace. One of the key findings of this research is that gender-based violence is a daily occurrence in the lives of garment workers impacting their well-being and performance in the workplace. 53 percent of the surveyed female workers in 12 Better Work factories in Port-au-Prince have experienced some type of gender-based violence in their lifetime.
The study supports the business case for addressing gender-based violence in the workplace by offering insights on areas manufacturers can focus on in their efforts to create respectful workplaces where sexual harassment is not tolerated and where workers affected by other types of gender-based violence feel comfortable to seek support.