More than 500 women garment workers in Bangladesh have been trained over the last six months in organising skills and their rights at work, with a view to developing them as future union leaders.

According to the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Aid programme and the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF), who organised the leadership training, while women make up the majority (85%) of workers in Bangladesh's garment industry they frequently face harassment by male supervisors, particularly those who are in a trade union. There is also a lack of women in leadership positions within the country's trade unions, making it more difficult for women to bargain for their rights at work.

As part of the programme, training sessions were completed to create awareness of the role of unions in defending employment rights, how they can play an active role in the union as organisers, and develop confidence among female trade union members to play a more active role in their union.

Twelve one-day training sessions were run for 354 new female members of NGWF trade unions, focusing on Bangladesh labour law and trade union rights. Meanwhile, 163 female organisers attended six in depth, three-day training sessions on collective bargaining and taking on leadership roles in a union.