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.