Private Sector Action for Women’s Health and Empowerment

Women in developing countries are entering the formal workplace at unprecedented rates. But too often, the needs of these women workers — from basic health care, to protection from harassment and violence, to economic empowerment — are neglected.

Companies employing millions of female workers in their supply chains have an opportunity to invest in the health and well-being of their female employees while also generating business returns. It’s time to connect the dots: Investing in workplace women’s health and empowerment is a win for women and for business.

Learn more about the Private Sector Action for Workplace Women’s Health and Empowerment Initiative here.

Lalo Mahali

“Society has gone ahead. We women are no less than anyone, if we have self confidence, we can get anywhere.”

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Susheela

“Life skills programs help to build a woman’s confidence and give them the skills to manage their life. It improves their awareness about health issues, and access to products and services which can improve the quality of their life.”

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Sudha

“Earlier, yes there were problems and no awareness. Now there is media messaging. These days people are starting to talk about spacing pregnancies.”

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Shubha Mangala

“When we started educating [the workers] on nutrition and other aspects of health, their self-realization has increased.”

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G.S Patil

“Employees are part of our family. We take care of everything for them – what they want, whatever grievance they have, that’s the main thing.”

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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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Nadia

“I didn’t know anything. It was after I had my kid that I learned [about family planning]. I had a cousin around my age who went with me to a clinic across the street from me.”

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Cynthia

“When you sit with 25 people, and you talk to them, you give them something to take home so you can refresh their memory. And then you also empower them to go and talk to the people in their family.”

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Nadege

“After I learned the [family planning] information, I also told my neighbors the information. They didn’t know about family planning either.”

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Denise

“If I didn’t have family planning, I would have maybe four kids by now, and I wouldn’t be able to feed them, to house them, anything.”

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