HERrespect: Promoting Positive Gender Relations through Workplace Interventions

Project Title

HERrespect: Promoting Positive Gender Relations through Workplace Interventions

The Organisation

The programme is led by BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) in partnership with Change Associates , WE CAN Bangladesh and ILO/IFC's Better Work Programme.

Country

Dhaka Division, Bangladesh

Summary of Intervention / Research

The ready-made garment (RMG) industry in Bangladesh employs up to four million people and has high female participation. Building on BSR’s ten years of experience creating workplace-based women’s empowerment programs, HERrespect is developing a new approach on how workplaces can be transformed to recognise gender equality as a business priority. Working directly in factories provides an entry point to shift workplace practices, and to reach workers’ families and communities. The workplace can act as an incubator for dialogue between men and women on the underlying issues that lead to violence, and also provides a space to reach women who, despite gaining financial independence, are still at risk.

HERrespect utilizes the BSR’s HERproject methodology of capacity building and workplace system strengthening, with the following focus areas:

  • Gender transformative training for middle management, female and male workers to raise awareness on gender and violence, reflect on social norms, and build skills to prevent and address sexual harassment and intimate partner violence;
  • Factory-wide campaigns on prevention and response to violence;
  • Guidance on best practices and policies to prevent and address sexual harassment, and
  • Community campaigns to mobilize leaders and men, and support participants to become “Change Makers” in both workplace and community.

Major Timeframes

BSR supported international research organization icddr,b to conduct formative research in 2015 so that we could better understand the forms and causes of violence in factories.  HERrespect training commenced in four in factories in November 2016, with the baseline preceding that. All training is expected to be completed by July 2017, and the endline will be conducted in late 2017/early 2018.

Project Curriculum

  • HERrespect Curriculum - Joint Sessions HERrespect Curriculum - Joint Sessions

    This is a guide about how to facilitate a 90-minute session for a representative group of the HERrespect participants to come together and share and reflect on the learnings from HERrespect so far, and reaffirm the “Change Makers” concept. For this first joint session, the participants will collectively reflect on everyone’s experience of working in the factory, including both joys and challenges, in order to build a better understanding of everyone’s experiences in the factory, in order to improve relationships, build respect, improve our working experience and thereby our lives.

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  • HERrespect Curriculum - Management HERrespect Curriculum - Management

    The 12-month program aims at promoting more gender equitable attitudes and relationships among women and men in the RMG industry. By training female workers, male workers, and management, HERrespect will raise gender awareness and improve interpersonal skills to prevent and address sexual harassment in the workplace and intimate partner violence at home.

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  • HERrespect Curriculum - Male Workers HERrespect Curriculum - Male Workers

    The 12-month program aims at promoting more gender equitable attitudes and relationships among women and men in the RMG industry. By training female workers, male workers, and management, HERrespect will raise gender awareness and improve interpersonal skills to prevent and address sexual harassment in the workplace and intimate partner violence at home.

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  • HERrespect Curriculum - Women Workers HERrespect Curriculum - Women Workers

    The 12-month program aims at promoting more gender equitable attitudes and relationships among women and men in the RMG industry. By training female workers, male workers, and management, HERrespect will raise gender awareness and improve interpersonal skills to prevent and address sexual harassment in the workplace and intimate partner violence at home.

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  • Introduction to the HERrespect Curriculum Introduction to the HERrespect Curriculum

    In spite of economic opportunities for advancement, women workers in the global supply chain are still at risk of different forms of harassment in the workplace: between 40 to 50 per cent of women experience some form of harassment at work1. Women, most of them young and migrants from rural areas, are prone to workplace violence because of an interplay of social norms which condone violence against women (VAW), unbalanced power dynamics between managers and workers, inequitable gender attitudes, and poor awareness and execution on legal and compliance requirements.

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Key Contact

Marat Yu, Manager, BSR

Email: myu@bsr.org

https://www.bsr.org/

https://herproject.org/