Penn Thozhilalar Sangam and Prajnya organised a consultation on 'Women and Work' in November 2017 as part of the 2017 Prajnya 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence, which identified a catalogue of concerns that affect women's right and ability to work outside the home. This forms the basis of a charter of Women's Workplace Rights, that lists seven core rights that give concrete form to women's fundamental rights to equality and against discrimination.
Participants in the consultation included members of garment workers' trade unions, domestic workers' unions, corporate human resources professionals, lawyers, consultants, film-makers, social activists and journalists. The consultation was premised on the existence of common ground between women whose workplace challenges are rarely placed on the same plane, and one objective of the consultation was to spell out the common ground. The day was structured around sharing and discussion in small groups and a plenary, so that the common concerns derive from participant experiences and the Charter of Women's Workplace Rights are a summation of these concerns.