Empowering Women to Take the Lead

 

Women employed in garment factories in Bangladesh are becoming leaders at work and in their communities. CARE wants to enable more women across Asia to have their voices heard.

 

75% of garment workers globally are women yet they are often underrepresented in leadership positions in their workplaces and communities. This means the challenges faced by women workers can go unrecognized or are not prioritized by those with the power to make a difference.

However, the situation can change if women have the skills and confidence to speak up and women are organized so they can speak together with a unified voice.

Our research in Bangladesh showed supporting women to develop leadership skills, build solidarity and take collective action helped women claim maternity pay, receive minimum wage and deal with abusive supervisors.

Global brands including Walmart, Target, Cotton On Group and Galeries Lafayette have supported our work to promote women's empowerment. We want to engage with more organizations who believe empowering women will lead to improvements in the garment industry.

So how are we promoting women’s empowerment in the garment industry?

  • Our proven EKATA model – which supports women to identify issues together and take action – has supported more than 5000 women in Bangladesh and expanded to new countries such as Indonesia and Vietnam.
  • Our in-factory training curriculum and management engagement is increasing the number of women garment workers in leadership roles and tackling the barriers that women face to achieve equality in the workplace.
  • Our engagement with trade unions in Bangladesh is increasing the proportion of women members and women leaders.
  • Our support for women union representatives in Indonesia is improving their ability to effectively bargain and negotiate on behalf of workers.
  • Our support for women union delegates to attend the International Labour Conference helped to increase the presence and voice of women workers on the global stage.

 

See the impact of CARE’s work with women in Bangladesh

DW- ILO Convention

ILO Convention to End Violence

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“When the factory started to work on a solution, there were fewer cases [of sexual harassment] happening.”

DW - Industry Engagement

Industry Engagement

CARE works with employers and companies to support them in making improvements.

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Our Influence

We engage with governments, unions and private companies to create positive change.

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The program, “Economic Empowerment for Female Garment Workers” is designed to research, identify, and test digital financial tools and deliver complementary education that can be scaled in the future.

DW- Our Insights

Our Insights

We share our insights into women working in the garment industry. 

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Our Partnerships

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Our Work

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The Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement (P.A.C.E.) program, funded by Gap Inc., worked with young women in the garment industry in Cambodia.

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Preventing Violence at Work

Factories are taking steps so women feel safer.

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Factories are taking steps so women feel safer.