Bangladesh’s Garment Workers

In Bangladesh, the garment industry drives the country’s economic growth, contributing to an impressive 6 percent growth rate for nearly a decade. Bangladesh is now one of the world’s leading clothing exporters, second only to China, and the garment industry employs 3.6 million workers out of a total population of over 150 million. Most of the nation’s 4,500 factories are concentrated around the capital, Dhaka, and attract thousands of rural residents in search of jobs and a better life for their families. In this slideshow, award-winning photographer Conor Ashleigh and In Asia editor Alma Freeman visit a community and school for garment workers’ children in sprawling Ashulia, one of the country’s largest garment manufacturing hubs.

Related locations: Bangladesh
Related programs: Economic Opportunity

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Leaders on the Frontlines

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019, San Francisco

Honoring
First president, UN Environment Assembly, Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren, and former US Secretary of State George Shultz

 

Leaders on the Frontlines

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019, San Francisco