CSR programs and initiatives have been targeting female workers and empowering them in different ways:
BSR’ HERproject partners with various NGOs and train female factory worker representatives in health topics (as peer health educators). It empowers them with knowledge and skills to talk comfortably with their fellow workers in health issues. In the process, female workers improve their interpersonal and presentation skill.
GAP Foundation sponsors “Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement (P.A.C.E)” program and partners with CARE to train female factory workers on life skills that improve their livelihood (e.g. communication, problem-solving and decision-making, legal literacy, financial literacy and gender equality).
Last but not the least, companies have been doing their due diligence in monitoring the exporting manufacturers on labor right compliance. Over the years, workers are being make aware of their rights.
All these have contributed to the enlighten labor force in developing countries like China. In countries where labor law enforcement is weak, the best perhaps is to inform the workers of their legal rights. Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. It is grateful to see the female workers are the leading force in bargaining collectively for their own rights in China.