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WASHINGTON – A new study has highlighted the shocking extent of sexual harassment experienced by female workers in Brazil’s textile and shoe factories. The vast majority of women who took part in the study said they had experienced some form of violence at work, often gender-based violence and harassment – to the extent that “for many women, work is synonymous with suffering,” according to the C&A Foundation funded study.

246 women workers took part in regional workshops or guided discussions over four months as part of an Instituto Observatorio Social study of textile and shoe workers in six cities: Colatina, Fortaleza, Ipirá, Pouso Alegre, Sapiranga, Sorocaba, and Sao Paulo.

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