Jeyasre Kathiravel was an Indian Dalit woman garment worker and union member organizing against gender-based violence and harassment at a major Indian garment manufacturer that supplies to American and European fashion brands. Jeyasre faced months of sexual harassment by her supervisor before she was murdered in January. Since her death, twenty-five other women garment workers at the same factory have since come forward publicly describing a culture of gender-based violence & harassment at the particular unit where Jeyasre worked, Natchi Apparels.
The Justice for Jeyasre Campaign pays tribute to Jeyasre’s life and efforts as a labor organizer by continuing to fight and make sure gender-based violence is made extinct in Natchi Apparels. We know we can count on you to stand in solidarity with the brave Dalit women leaders of TTCU as they continue fighting to transform their factory into a space free of gender-based violence and harassment.
UPDATE: In April 2022, the Justice for Jeyasre campaign achieved a landmark victory and signed the Dindigul Agreement. The legally binding agreement, signed by TTCU, Global Labor Justice-International Labor Rights Forum (GLJ-ILRF), Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA) and the supplier Eastman Exports as well as H&M will prevent gender-based violence and harassment. Click here to read our joint statement.
Update: One year after the signing of the Dindigul Agreement, workers report major improvements in combatting workplace GBVH. You can read a report on the improvements here. You can also click here to read the Oversight Committee Statement on the Progress During the First Year After the Signing of The Dindigul Agreement
Tamil Nadu Textile and Common Labor Union (TTCU), Global Labor Justice-International Labor Rights Forum, and Asia Floor Wage Alliance signed the Dindigul Agreement with Eastman Exports and H&M to prevent gender-based violence and harassment against more than 5,000 mostly women, Dalit garment workers. This agreement is the first of its kind in India and can serve as model to make the entire fashion supply chain safer for women workers.
Send a message to the brave workers who stood up and won a landmark agreement through the #JusticeforJeyasre campaign.