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WASHINGTON – Almost half of Cambodian garment industry workers surveyed had experienced having a supervisor or manager forcing them to become their mistress or “second wife” with the understanding that it would improve their working conditions. This startling finding, uncovered as part of a study into the extent of gender-based violence (GBV) at work, underscores the need for new guidelines to tackle GBV in global fashion supply chains. New guidelines on this issue were launched recently to coincide with International Labour Organisation conference in Geneva which aims to create a global standard on women’s labour rights.

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