This program has ended

Women@Work was part of a five-year-long strategic partnership between ARTICLE 19, Hivos, IIED and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which ended in 2020. On this page you will find all evaluation documents.


To improve labor conditions for women working in global horticulture supply chains (flowers, fresh vegetables, beans, avocados and chilies) through fair wages, security in the workplace and good working conditions.


Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe


Women doing unskilled, low paid and flexible jobs hardly ever benefit, no matter how well the economy is doing. Low wages and sexual harassment are a persistent problem for these women, especially in horticulture.


Since 2012, Women@Work has established itself as East Africa’s largest structured dialogue and advocacy platform on women’s labor rights. With ever-growing credibility, it works with business, governments and civil society actors to enforce change for women employees regarding decent wages, participation in decision making, leadership at management level and in trade unions, as well as safety and security in the workplace without sexual harassment.

Results achieved

The program was instrumental in the adoption of a Model Sexual Harassment Policy by 200 flower farms in East and Southern Africa, leading to significant salary increases, promotions and improved working conditions for women. In March 2017, Women@Work extended its activities to Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe. The program used Hivos’ expertise in HIV & Human Rights to set up the “Blooming Workplaces and Communities Project” in Uganda in 2017 to address discrimination faced by women living with HIV and AIDS, both in their workplace and at home. Another major result is the establishment of a Living Wage Lab in the Netherlands.

Period and budget

2016-2020, €12.5 million


Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (donor) and 25 local partners including 6 labour unions; 4 lawyers associations; 2 commercial partners (UFEA and commercial farmers union); 6 women’s organizations; 4 human rights/labour rights organizations; 3 advisory/ research organizations