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.

Since 2010, CARE has worked with women employed in over 300 factories in Bangladesh, training nearly 60,000 women so they can develop their leadership, communication and negotiation skills. Women report they can communicate more freely with their line supervisors and managers and this is helping resolve conflict within factories. CARE also supports women workers to take leadership positions as worker representatives on worker-management committees, enabling them to raise their challenges and concerns with their employers and get them resolved.

But we don’t just work in factories. In the communities where many garment workers live, CARE brings women together to lead change at a larger scale. Over 150 solidarity and community support groups with more than 5,000 members are now working together to solve day-to-day issues, such as workers receiving pay on time or preventing unfair dismissals. CARE partnered with over 40 trade unions to strengthen their outreach to women workers, promote more women leaders within the union movement and ensure the priorities of women workers are heard by employers and the government. When women have a collective voice, they can influence changes which will have a long-lasting benefit for women employed in the industry.

Women in Bangladesh have been taking control of their lives, their careers and the industry in which they work. CARE is now supporting women in other Asian countries to do the same. 

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

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

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