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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Garment Workers
Nepal Handicrafts from Nepal add colour to monsoon The Hindu . (8 August 2015)

The Self-Employed Women's Association organised a handicraft exhibition in New Delhi with products made by earthquake-affected women of Nepal. The calamity hit women said the earthquake left them with fearful hearts and broken confidence. SEWA, they say, helped them regain lost confidence and boosted their enthusiasm to work again. 

India Indian textile industry coming of age IBN Live . (3 August 2015)
By Kumar, Ravish.

The sector now accounts for about 14% of total industrial production, 15% of exports and 4% of India's GDP. The size of the Indian textile industry is over $95 billion at present, including nearly $42 billion in exports, and is expected to grow to over $225 billion by 2021.

Nigeria Textile industry can create 400,000 jobs The Nation . (3 August 2015)
By Agboolaon, Toba.

The National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTW) has said the revival of textile industries  will lead to the employment of over 400,000 workers. Its General Secretary, Comrade Issa Aremu, said the revival of the industries would also create several millions of indirect jobs.

By Tabuchi, Hiroko.

Twenty-five years ago, Ni Meijuan earned $19 a month working the spinning machines at a vast textile factory in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. Now at the Keer's cotton mill in South Carolina, which opened in April, Ms. Ni is training American workers to do the job she used to do.

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie met women garment workers in Myanmar on Saturday with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to learn more about their working conditions, as part of her first visit to the country.

South Korea Vietnam Korean textile firms start factory construction in Vietnam Fibre2Fashion . (1 August 2015)

South Korea's Panko group has started construction of a garment and textile factory in Vietnam's Tam Thang industrial zone in Tam Ky city, the central province of Quang Nam, according to reports in the Vietnamese media.

Pakistan Textile workers to stage protest on August 7: APTMA Business Recorder . (31 July 2015)

All Pakistan Textile Mills Association Chairman S M Tanveer has said as many as 10 million textile workers would be on roads to protest and record their worries over the viability issues of textile industry.

Turkey 22 workers poisoned of gas leakage in western Turkey Daily News . (31 July 2015)

As many as 22 workers in a textile factory in the western province of Aydın have been poisoned out of a gas leakage in the factory's ventilation system, with all the poisoned reported to be in good condition.

Peru Trade Agreements Bolster Exploitation Televisión del Sur . (30 July 2015)

Analysts say policies initiated under the Free Trade Agreement with the U.S. have taken away labor rights for hundreds of thousands of working class Peruvian citizens.

By Balch, Oliver.

Although many businesses strive to create a better environment for employees, profitability and workers' rights rarely appear so neatly matched in real life.