25 June, 2012
Investing in women
Peer-to-peer education program for female factory workers

A new study funded by the Levi Strauss Foundation and USAID (United States Agency for International Development) in Egypt and Pakistan indicates that a factory-based women’s health education program called HERproject (Health Enables Returns), developed by CSR consulting firm Business for Social Responsibility, has the potential to deliver US$4 return for every US$1 invested in the project.
This program uses a peer-to-peer model to educate female factory workers on basic health issues and has been implemented in over 80 factories, influencing 100,000 women in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, India and more. Through surveys, interviews and focus groups with factory management and workers to determine the business benefits of the program, it was found that absentee rates fell from 19 to 10.7 in one case while turnover decreased from 14.5 to 8.1% in another instance. The study aims to provide evidence that investments in women’s health programs do pay off. Benefits include lower rates of worker absenteeism, fewer errors in manufacturing process, improved recruitment and workforce development.
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By: Ecozine Staff


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