Background: Female participation in the workforceis significant in the RMG sector, representing more than 60% of the total. However, proportion of women employed in the mid-level and upper level management in the sector remains low. The issue of gender equality and women’s empowerment is increasingly becoming essential in this female-dominated workforce of the RMG sector. Issues such as skills development, career prospects of female workers, maternity leave and benefits, day care centers, anti-harassment policies are examples of some of the area of paramount importance for women’s empowerment in the sector. Considering the underlying significance, BKMEA has taken up the agenda to intervene towards sustainable gender-sensitive enterprise management in the knitwear sector. In this connection, BKMEA will integrate gender into the management systems in the industry by enhancing their capacity to provide gender audits or training/ advisory services in BKMEA me member factories.

Project Title: A new business driven approach to women’s empowerment in the ready-made garment industry.

Title of work: Mainstreaming of a gender-focused Human resource management system and business performance processes of the Ready-made Garments Industry of Bangladesh.

Photo: Kickoff Program of the Project “We Women” (30-March-2019)

Present Status: BKMEA is implementing the project with the support of GIZ’s consultant (NRT).

Time Frame: 1st February 2019 to 30th November 2019