Cambodia: Levi Strauss Foundation aims to continue promoting gender equity at factories through Cambodia’s female leadership program

Author: Levi Strauss & Co, Published on: 3 April 2019

"Gender Equity at Factories: Cambodia’s Female Leadership Program", 3 April 2019

With women making up more than 80 percent of the global workforce in the apparel supply chain, LS&Co. is expanding its efforts to support and empower the women working across its supply chain.

By 2020, our Worker Well-being program, which began as a project of the Levi Strauss Foundation, will have reached more than 200,000 people in factories around the world – the vast majority of them women – providing guidance on health, economic planning, and other facets of work and life that impact well-being for individuals and families…

…, Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) and UN Women, with funding from the Levi Strauss Foundation, piloted the “Female Leadership Program” across Cambodia. Though specific to Cambodia, the program addresses conditions seen in many manufacturing regions where mostly young women work far from home, away from families and support networks, with predominantly male managers.

Throughout the pilot phase, participants repeatedly said the lessons were relevant to both their work and home lives. The trainers also saw the impact. “This is one of the most powerful trainings we have conducted,” said Vichhra Mouyly and Sovanthyda Tan…

The Female Leadership program in Cambodia complemented the gender-focused report the Levi Strauss Foundation published …, “Ten Strategies to Improve Worker-Well Being and Business Performance.”…

BFC plans to train women from up to 80 factories in Cambodia this year. And LS&Co. will continue to scale successful and innovative pilot approaches, such as this one, in order to reach greater impact…

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