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Evaluating a Factory-Based Education Program for Garment Workers

Economic Empowerment, Employment and Enterprises

Women play a crucial role in the apparel industry, comprising a majority of the world’s garment workers. ICRW and Gap, Inc. are collaborating to help female garment workers fulfill their potential in their personal and work lives. Gap, Inc.’s Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement (P.A.C.E.) is an innovative, factory-based education program that provides training for life skills, such as problem-solving and financial literacy, as well as workplace skills to help women advance beyond entry-level positions. ICRW partnered with Gap, Inc. on the initial development of the program, which was piloted in India, one of Gap, Inc.’s largest sourcing markets. The program now operates in seven countries and has reached 20,000 women.

ICRW evaluated the program’s impact on participants in all countries where the program is being implemented. Results from a multi-country evaluation funded by Gap Inc. demonstrate that P.A.C.E. is an effective, sustainable and scalable model that yields high returns for women, their families and the businesses where they work. Women report more willingness to take on responsibilities and assume leadership roles; communicate better and more effectively at work and in their homes; show improved ability to solve workplace problems; and are better able to support their peers. In addition to gaining more respect from their family members, women also value themselves more.

Duration: 2006 - 2014
Partners: Gap, Inc., Swasti Health Resource Centre, CARE and garment factories
Project Director: Priya Nanda
Project Countries: Cambodia, India, Viet Nam, Bangladesh, China
 

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