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Invitation to a meeting on

"Violence against women in the workplace worldwide"

September 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm, Utrecht

What do women in the garment factories in Asia, Africa and Latin America have to endure with regard to sexual and other violence at work? How do they oppose it and how can we support them?

Sexual and other violence against women in garment factories in India, Bangladesh but also in countries in Africa and Latin America is a very big problem. The extent and severity of the problem became painfully clear in a recent study on garment factories in the Indian city of Bangalore. This report showed that one out of seven female workers in garment factories in Bangalore is forced into sexual acts and that one out of fourteen encounters physical violence in the workplace.

On September 15, 2016, the India Committee of the Netherlands and Mondiaal FNV are holding a meeting on "Violence against women in the workplace worldwide", during which women from India, Bangladesh, Argentina and Tanzania will talk about their experiences. But also about their struggle to end this violence. And how you and I can help. You are welcome!


7.15 7.30 pm:Room open (coffee/tea)
7.30 7.40 pm:Welcome by Gerard Oonk, director of the India Committee of the Netherlands
7.40 8.30 pm:Three experts from India, Argentina and Tanzania tell their story and answer questions from the audience

8.30 8.45 pm:Break (coffee/tea)

8.45 9.45 pm:Astrid Kaag Mondiaal FNV) interviews three people involved from Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Netherlands, and conversation with the audience
9.45 10.00 pm:Conclusion of meeting

Free admission

Registration via or telephone (ICN: 0031-(0)30-2321340)

AAMU (Museum for Contemporary Aboriginal Art)
Oudegracht 176
3511 NP Utrecht

The museum is located in the center of Utrecht, in the Museum Quarter, near the Dom Tower and the Domplein. From Utrecht Central Station it is 15 minutes walking. You can also take citybus number 2, it stops at the Domplein, right behind the museum.
If you arrive by car it is advised to park in Parking Springweg (address: Strosteeg 83, 3511 VR Utrecht). From there it is only a few minutes walking to the museum.

The India Committee of the Netherlands cooperates closely with among others the South Indian organization SAVE to combat sexual and other violence against women in the garment industry.

Mondiaal FNV works in a number of countries together with trade unions and other organizations fighting violence against women in the workplace.

Gerard Oonk
director India Committee of the Netherlands
Mariaplaats 4e
3511 LH Utrecht
Tel. 0031-(0)30-2321340
Websites: en

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