What is it?

This report presents a business case for investing in the empowerment of women in the ready-made garment industry in Bangladesh. Specifically, it analyzes the impact of gender-specific and gender-sensitive interventions on worker absenteeism and turnover, which are two well­-established metrics for measuring business impact.


- Bangladesh is the second largest exporter of ready-made garments in the world, and the ready-made garment industry is widely credited for contributing to an improvement in living standards in the country, particularly for women. - Though there has been a significant decline in the number of women working in the ready-made garment sector, women still make up a large part of the ready-made garment workforce in the country. - Attracting women workers, maximizing their productivity, reducing their absenteeism, and minimizing women worker turnover are critical to the continued success and growth of the ready-made garment sector and the Bangladeshi economy as a whole.


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