Major Challenges and Opportunities of Realizing Rights of Employees: The Case of Female Employees of SHINTS Textile and Garment Factory at Bole Lemi Industrial Zone

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Addis Ababa University


The study was conducted with the objective of assessing the major opportunities and challenges in protection of rights of female employees in the textile and garment industry. The research was conducted in Addis Ababa, Bole Lemi Industrial Zone, specifically at the SHINTS garment factory. In addressing this objective, the study has looked into working conditions along with recruitment process, working hours, wage, leave and safety provision. In addition, the study assesses the existence of responsible bodies towards improving the working conditions and protecting the rights of female employees. The study found that the garment and textile sector is one of the industries creating employment opportunities for women. However, the working environment at the industry is abusive with dire working conditions. This is despite the existence of adequate legal instruments at the national, regional and international level which protects employees from unfavorable working condition. The absence of responsible authoritative bodies protecting the rights of workers makes the realization of protecting the rights female employees at SHINTS factory far from realization.



female employees,Rights of Employees