Daily Beast features ICRW in Article about Gap Inc. Program

Article Date

30 January 2013

Article Author

By ICRW Communications Staff

Media Contact

Anne McPherson

Vice President, Global Communications email [email protected]

Priya Nanda, group director of social and economic development at ICRW’s Asia Regional Office, is featured in a Jan. 31 Daily Beast article about Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement) program. The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), under Nanda’s leadership, evaluates the program.

ICRW in 2007 began a partnership with Gap Inc., on the P.A.C.E. program, which provides life skills education and technical training to the women who make Gap brand clothes. The goal of the program is to help women garment factory workers – who number about 80 percent worldwide – advance in their career and life.

ICRW collaborated with Gap Inc. to design and evaluate initial efforts in garment factories in India and Cambodia. Today, P.A.C.E. operates in those countries as well as in Vietnam, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia and Sri Lanka – and ICRW continues to evaluate the program’s impact globally.

To date, 12,000 women have participated in P.A.C.E., and ICRW’s evaluation of the India and Cambodia programs found strong results: Women reported having better workplace relationships and communication skills. They felt more confident in themselves and their abilities. And they were saving money regularly at a greater rate than before they were involved in P.A.C.E.

Learn more about the ICRW and P.A.C.E:

100 Pairs of Hands – A blog by Priya Nanda about her work with P.A.C.E. (Feb., 2011)

Q&A with Bobbi Silten of Gap Inc. – An interview with the chief foundation officer of Gap Inc. (Feb., 2011)

Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. Program Honored with ICRW Innovation Award – Gap Inc. is honored by ICRW on International Women’s Day. (March, 2011)

Former President Clinton Recognizes Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. Program – Former President Bill Clinton commends P.A.C.E. as an exemplary approach to economically advancing women worldwide. (Sept., 2011)

Scaling Up Corporate Social Investments for Education – A look at a Brookings Institution report that holds up ICRW’s evaluation role in P.A.C.E. as an important ingredient for the program’s successful expansion. (June, 2012)

This is San – In this video, meet San, a P.A.C.E. program participant in Cambodia.

My Sister Sujutha – In this video, meet Sujatha, a P.A.C.E. program participant in India.