Deteriorating living and working conditions for workers in garment supply chains during the Covid-19 pandemic have increased the risk of forced labour. That was the key finding of a new report “The Unequal Impacts of COVID-19 on Global Garment Supply Chains” published in June 2021.
The research team have now had the executive summary of the report translated into four languages: Spanish, Amharic, Tamil, and Burmese. These languages are popular within the countries of study. The translations aim to make the results of the research accessible to participants, local governments, unions, and civil society.
Dr Perla Polanco Leal, Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Politics and International Relations and member of the project team, said:
“Research participants have the right to see how their data is being used, particularly in projects of this nature, where workers have shared their personal experiences and challenges. This is why we have translated these executive summaries to Spanish, Amharic, Tamil, and Burmese so that participants in Honduras, Ethiopia, India, and Myanmar are able to easily access the results of this project.”
“Language shouldn’t be a barrier to public engagement. While English remains the mainstream language of academic outputs, translating research results can increase its reach to key stakeholders in different countries.”
“In line with the University of Sheffield value of inclusivity, publishing the translated results of our research promotes an equal opportunity of access by removing the language barrier.”
‘The Unequal Impacts of Covid-19 on Global Garment Supply Chains’ found that workers in Ethiopia, Honduras, India, and Myanmar who produce many of the clothes we buy from our favourite brands in the UK and Europe were severely affected by the pandemic.
The report by Genevieve LeBaron, Penelope Kyritsis, Perla Polanco Leal and Michael Marshall is a collaboration between the University of Sheffield, The Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre, Worker Rights Consortium and UBC’s Global Reporting Center.