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.