Voices from Indonesia
Tales of Reproductive Health

As an estimated 1 billion women enter the global workforce over the next two decades, there is an unprecedented opportunity to reach and empower women by providing critical reproductive health education and services through workplace programs.

A number of companies, including several in the apparel sector, an industry dominated by women workers, have already begun empowering workers in their supply chains through programs that provide access to reproductive health information and services. Companies that employ large numbers of women are in a unique position to help ensure that women have access to the family planning education and services that will improve their health and enable them to advance their careers, provide for their children, and be in control of their lives and their futures.

ANN INC., the parent company of Ann Taylor, LOFT and Lou & Grey, is one company who has begun encouraging its suppliers to provide women’s health education and services in its factories. As part of our storytelling project, the Universal Access Project recently visited one of ANN INC.’s supplier factories in Jakarta, Indonesia that is implementing a workplace women’s health program called HERproject. While there, UAP interviewed a number of the women working in the factory, along with the factory manager and a local health educator, about what access to reproductive health information and services means in their lives.

Khoeriyah

“Having my own income means I can provide for my family because both of my parents no longer work, and while I’m still living with my parents I provide for the family”

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Arekalita

“We were reflecting on our life, and we realized that we were still quite poor and my husband was the only one working, hence we decided to have one child first and then we used contraceptives.”

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Butet

“My proudest achievement is witnessing the passion of the factories to provide better service for their employees.”

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Jerry

“The HERproject teaches workers about how to better manage their lives by planning the number of children that they have that would best fit their own lives.”

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