Turning skills into jobs for poor women

Jun 29, 2013

The idea behind this partnership is to train a large number of underprivileged women from urban communities.

On Sunday 29 June 2013, certificates were awarded to 28 women from Tongi who completed training on how to operate industrial sewing machines. Today, 25 of these women are machine operators with Masco Group of Industry and Interfab Shirt Manufacturing Ltd., two garment factories in Tongi, and as such have become leaders of their families by bringing in resources to afford a better urban life.

The training and subsequent job creation that was facilitated by BGMEA (Bangladesh Garment Manufactures & Exporters Association), would not have been possible without the formal agreement to collaborate between BGMEA, UPPR and ILO made in August 2012.  

The idea behind this partnership is to train a large number of poor and underprivileged women from the communities where UPPR is present and connect them with the opportunity to gain a regular income through working with one of the 5000 factories under the umbrella of the association. This is a strategic investment in human capital for the private sector in a country where its important apparel sector needs at least 2000 skilled manpower every year, noted Mr. Kishore Singh, International Poverty Reduction Specialist of UPPR. As such, there is great potential for poor women to become skilled workers and make use of these skills for living a better life.

Sunday was an opportunity for the partners that made this training possible to congratulate the trainees and agree on next steps for this initiative to continue helping poor women. As BGMEA promotes this initiative with other factories in its network, in the coming weeks approximately 50 women will be receiving on the job training in selected garment factories in Chittagong.

Mr. Atique Islam, President of BGMEA appreciated UPPR’s strategic role to connect the unprivileged communities with the private sector and encouraged attendees to promote and advocate the initiative with garment factory owners.

This partnership is one of around 500 linkages and partnerships that UPPR has established across the country. Maximizing the added value that the different stakeholders represent for development and thus promoting partnership between them and the urban poor is a key strategy of UPPR to lift three million people out of poverty and integrate them as urban citizens.