“So We Exist”: A Photo Exhibition Shedding Light on Workers in the Shadows


Human Wrongs Watch

8 July 2015 (ILO)* On the occasion of the conference on ‘Regulating for Decent Work’ from 8-10 July 2015, the ILO is hosting an exhibition by Bangladeshi photojournalist Ismail Ferdous.

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A female brickfield worker in Ashulia, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. With the recent boom in the construction industry, brickfields provide seasonal employment to thousands of migrant workers. © Ismail Ferdous | Source: ILO

The photo exhibition “So we exist” tells the stories of people in unreachable communities around the world working in fields such as construction and the leather industry.
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It also depicts the aftermath of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, labour migration in the Persian Gulf and modern-day slavery in Central America and South East Asia.
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A construction worker on the tallest building in Dhaka city, Bangladesh. Construction workers play an important part in the growth of Bangladesh’s economy, yet many lack training and social protection. © Ismail Ferdous | Source: ILO

Workers on their way to the garment factories in Chittagong, the largest port city of Bangladesh. More than four million people work in this industry. © Ismail Ferdous | Source: ILO

A rescue worker in the rubble of Rana Plaza, four days after the disaster. © Ismail Ferdous | Source: ILO

This woman came to look for her sister’s body 10 days after Rana Plaza collapsed. © Ismail Ferdous | Source: ILO

A woman farmer works in a cotton field in Suruc, Turkey, close to the border with Syria. © Ismail Ferdous | Source: ILO

A floating vegetable market in Dal Lake, Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir, India. © Ismail Ferdous | Source: ILO

A child works in hazardous conditions in the leather industry. Hazaribag, Dhaka, Bangladesh. © Ismail Ferdous | Source: ILO

A woman worker arranges the processed leather pieces in a field so they can dry. Hazaribag, Dhaka. A large number of women work in the leather industry in Bangladesh. © Ismail Ferdous | Source: ILO

Official website of the photographer Ismail Ferdous 

*Source: International Labour Organization (ILO). Go to Original.

2015 Human Wrongs Watch

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