There are approximately 8 million “hands” producing clothes for Bangladesh’s garment industry, all too often under the most adverse conditions. Two of these hands belong to Sabina, whose story is told in the documentary “The hands that sew your shirt” produced by CARE Austria with funding from the European Commission.
Sabina is 17 years old and working in one of Dhaka’s garment factories, sewing clothes to be exported to Europe for 10 to 12 hours a day. The documentary accompanies Sabina from her home in one of Dhaka’s slums to work in the factory and to her home village in the countryside.
Like many other young girls, Sabina came to Dhaka to work in the booming garment industry in order to contribute to her family’s income. As one of 1500 female garment workers Sabina is participating in classes and trainings organized by CARE’s “Solidarity and Empowerment through Education, Motivation and Awareness”-project, SEEMA, where she is learning how to read and write and getting informed on her rights as a garment worker. Despite the hardships Sabina is facing in her every-day life, she stays positive: earning her own income contributes to self-confidence and social respect, and saved her from early marriage.