The Gender Equality and Returns (GEAR) program is paving the way for women to assume leadership roles in Bangladesh, educating and helping them to pursue a fairer, more just workplace.
Aimed at educating female garment workers, “GEAR’s six-month course helps women workers gain confidence, manage stress, and learn how to communicate effectively with colleagues,” (Karim, 2021). Furthermore, the program allows women to assume higher-ranking and higher-paying jobs at a time when their current factory work is in jeopardy due to advancing technology and more sustainable business models.
One garment worker, Nurunnahar Begum, has worked as a seamstress at a garment factory for the past ten years. Following her training, Begum is now a supervisor with an increased salary – allowing her family of four to rent an extra bedroom. “Despite my poor education,” Begum begins, “I became a supervisor […]. Now my goal is to move even higher. […] If men can do it, why can’t I?”