Princess Basma: Please Support Jordan’s Female Factory Workers
  • Petitioned Princess Basma Bint Talal

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Princess Basma Bint Talal

Princess Basma: Please Support Jordan’s Female Factory Workers

    1. Petition by

      Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights

Scores of young Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi female guest workers have been sexually abused, repeatedly raped and tortured, over the course of years, while sewing clothing for Wal-Mart, Hanes, Target, Macy's, Lands' End and other labels at the Classic Factory in Jordan.

Recently, victims of this sexual abuse have bravely come forward to describe their ordeals, detailing the brutality and ruthlessness of the factory managers. Many of these women have been promptly deported.

While activists are calling on these major companies to leverage their power to stop these atrocities, the companies have shown little interest in taking action.

As a passionate and dedicated advocate for women’s rights and empowerment and gender equity, we are asking Princess Basma Bint Talal of Jordan to use her position as princess of Jordan to stop these atrocities. As a board member of organizations such as the Jordanian National Commission for Women, Jordanian National Forum for Women and the General Federation of Jordanian Woman as well as a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, women from around Jordan and the Middle East look to Princess Basma for leadership and representation.

We are calling on Princess Basma to put the campaign on the Jordanian national agenda in order to launch a full and transparent women’s rights based investigation.

So please, Princess Basma, stand with these women in the Classics Factory in Jordan. Help give them a voice and the safety and protection they need.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. AP: Rape case turns focus to Jordan's factory problems

      Sanal Kumar, the corrupt owner of the Classic sweatshop--where scores of young women guest workers from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have been raped by factory managers-blames U.S. unions and the state of Israel for his factories' problems!

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • sherry attaway AIKEN, SC
      • about 3 years ago

      I've neglected writing my comments on all of the petitions concerning this subject that I have signed, because of the lack of 'acceptable' wording for public viewing available to me in dealing with this horrific issue. I am glad to report, I may have found some (that may be somewhat acceptable) and here they are. I suggest someone and/or anyone put the wheels in motion to get me to this factory, as another "helpless female" employee, by whatever means necessary. I will GARAUNTEE you that when our little friend (serial rapist Anil Santha) makes the mistake of choosing me as his next 'victim', he will be promptly and expediently rewarded with an end to this lifestyle he enjoys, by being relieved of the function and/or ability of the equipment used in these inhuman attacks. This is a concrete fact, not a promise. This will also most likely remove any drive on his part to continue committing even ONE more atrocity, ever again, in this path that he has so happily and arrogantly chosen. I do sincerely hope my comment is transparent, intellectual, and genteel enough for public consumption, but more much importantly, poignant, blatant and exceptionally CLEAR without question. To all readers, if you cannot affect the change you desire in 'making it happen'- not a problem. Voting 'like', if you choose to do so, will keep this message near the top of the page therefore having it seen by many more, increasing the chances of it’s implementation. This singular action on your part will continue the possibility of sure JUSTICE for the innocents desperately in NEED of our help in putting an end to an indescribable, and thus far uninterrupted, nightmare. It will also instill a fear to any potential future monsters that may think that these abuses- to date unpunished- will be tolerated on any level and be a shining example to innocent victims, who possibly only need ONE tiny example to follow.

    • Amal Mehta OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL
      • about 3 years ago

      That is mistreatment of workers. Jordan should do more to improve its standard of living by having social programs and putting its own people to work alongside foreigners.

      I've signed many petitions, I wish more people would sign mine, the one to end the war in Libya.

    • Niki Magill RENTON, WA
      • about 3 years ago

      We must take a verbal stand against rape everywhere - not just in the workplace! Don't be afraid to say it!

    • Regina Martin-Rodger STRASBURG, PA
      • about 3 years ago

      What a horrible ordeal these poor young girls go through in your country and at these rape factories. Not sure if you have any power to bring about change in your country...but, I plead with you to do all you can to better the life of all women.

    • Regis Gutz KEARNEY, NE
      • about 3 years ago

      Have mercy on your fellow women and improve the disgusting conditions they are forced to work under.


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