USAID to empower over one lakh female RMG workers


US Agency for International Development (USAID) on Thursday launched a $5 million project to empower over 100,000 women workforce in Bangladesh’s Ready Made Garment (RMG) factories.

The USAID supported endeavor will be implemented by CARE and PVH, a global fashion company to expand career opportunities for the women in the RMG sector by equipping them with market-oriented leadership skills, a US Embassy press release said here.

USAID mission director Kathryn D Stevens, Labor and Employment secretary Md Ehsan-E-Elahi, Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) director Barrister Shehrin Salam Oishee, and leaders from PVH joined the inauguration of the project in the capital.

The project titled “USAID Women Thrive in Bangladesh” will integrate a
career enhancement training module developed by Gap Inc and also reduce
gender disparities in RMG factories and communities in Dhaka, Chattogram, and Narayanganj districts.