The United States has launched a new project to empower women who are working in readymade garment factories in Bangladesh.
US Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Kathryn D Stevens, the Labor and Employment Ministry Secretary Md Ehsan-E-Elahi joined the launching programme of the new USAID Women Thrive in Bangladesh project at a city hotel on Thursday.
Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Director Barrister Shehrin Salam Oishee and leaders from global fashion company PVH Corp were special guests at the event.
With US government support, CARE Bangladesh will implement the new five-year $5 million project, said a press release.
Under the project, USAID partners with CARE will expand professional development opportunities for over 100,000 women working in the sector by equipping them with market-oriented leadership skills.
The USAID 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.
USAID and CARE will work with PVH in factories and communities in Dhaka, Chattogram, and Narayanganj districts.
The project will incorporate a career enhancement training module developed by Gap Inc, a US-based clothing manufacturer, and reduce gender disparities in ready-made garment factories and communities in these areas.