Social Protection and the Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 in Cambodia: Longitudinal Research to ‘Build Back Better’ in the Global Garment Industry
COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe disruption of the global garment industry such as manufacturing shutdowns, consumer lockdowns, order cancellation of suppliers, and lack of raw materials. However, social protection in Cambodia remains limited coverage to address livelihoods as a result of factory suspension and layoffs.
This study focuses on understanding the situation of and coping strategies of women garment workers and insight on informal and formal social protection arrangements, and policy contribution to build back better (BBB) on the global value chain. This study is longitudinal research examining longer-term consequences of Covid-19 impacts on women garment workers through sampling at multiple points.
To track and amplify the experiences of over 200 women garment workers in Cambodia through the pandemic. We are documenting and learning from their efforts to navigate the financial repercussions of COVID-19 on their home lives and livelihoods across different phases of the pandemic, from the immediate crisis to its aftermath.