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Kalpona Akter toiled long hours in the shadows of the global economy as a former child worker in Bangladesh’s garment factories.
Human Rights Watch honors Kalpona Akter’s dedication to championing the rights of working women, and all workers in Bangladesh’s garment factories.
Kalpona Akter is a former child garment worker and the founder and executive director of the Bangladesh Centre for Workers Solidarity (BCWS). Akter campaigns for fair wages, garment factory safety, and the right to form labor unions and collectively bargain