USAID launches $5 mn project to empower women in RMG factories

US Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a $5 million project titled “Women Thrive in Bangladesh” to empower women who are working in readymade garment factories in Bangladesh.

With the US government support, CARE Bangladesh will implement the new project and expand professional development opportunities for over 100,000 women working in sector by equipping them with market-oriented leadership skills.

USAID Mission Director Kathryn D. Stevens joined Labor and Employment Secretary Md. Ehsan-E-Elahi Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Director Barrister Shehrin Salam Oishee and leaders from global fashion company PVH launched the project on Thursday.

The project will strengthen women’s advocacy and negotiation skills within the workplace and in their communities to advance their rights and help them overcome gender-related barriers and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, said the US Embassy in Dhaka.

USAID and CARE will work with PVH in factories and communities in Dhaka, Chattogram, and Narayanganj districts.

The USAID Thrive project will incorporate a career enhancement training module developed by Gap Inc., a U.S.-based clothing manufacturer, and reduce gender disparities in ready-made garment factories and communities in these areas.

Source: United News of Bangladesh