Harnessing the internet to realise labour rights in Cambodia: Interview with Alexandra Demetrianova

Do internet campaigns work? This is what Alexandra Demetrianova reflects upon in her research for GISWatch about labour rights violations in garment factories of Cambodia. In this interview, she discusses how the internet has played a key role in the struggles of garment factory workers (mostly female) and trade unionists to demand for an increase in their minimum wage. She also speaks about the internet’s potential in humanising the garment industry and changing consumer consciousness across the world. Some things cost more than we realise, and here is how her research brings this to light.

Radhika Radhakrishnan: Though Cambodia has ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), what are the reasons for the country still facing widespread labour rights challenges, especially for garment workers?

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Image Source: World Bank Photo Collection on Flickr, under CC License Generic 2.0. Title: Cambodia’s Garment Industry