Increasing the ability of low-income women to take charge of their health
Women working in global supply chains, many of whom are young and undereducated migrants, have limited health knowledge and often lack access to critical health services and products. Myths and misconceptions, especially stigmas around reproductive health, lead to unhealthy or dangerous behavior. Consequently, low-income women have been found to suffer from anemia and increased exposure to various illnesses, including sexually transmitted and other communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, and tuberculosis.
Ensuring that these women have the information and access to services that they need to prevent and treat disease and maintain their health is vital:
- It is a key aspect of delivering the basic human right to a healthy life
- It makes an important contribution to economic progress, as healthy populations live longer, are more productive, and save more
- It allows women to plan their families and shape their lives in a proactive way
- It helps women to educate their children on health, improving well-being across generations
HERhealth utilizes the HERproject methodology of capacity building and workplace strengthening, with the following focus areas:
Workplace System Strengthening
Raising awareness on critical health topics such as healthy eating, personal and menstrual hygiene, and maternal health
Improving the capacity of the workplace clinic to respond to workers’ health needs
Improving health-related behaviors such as disease testing, seeking out preventative care, and conducting breast self-examinations
Linking workplaces with external health services providers, such as local clinics
Addressing common myths and misconceptions around potentially harmful health practices and beliefs
Strengthening workplace policies and systems promoting worker well-being
Building confidence and communication skills around discussing important health issues at work and at home
HERproject is Generously Supported by
HERproject Company Participants
- Taekwang Industrial Co., Ltd.
- New ERA Cap Co., Inc.
- New Balance Athletics Inc
- L Brands, Inc.
- Flextronics International LTD
- Fishman Tobin
- ETAM SCE
- ASDA (IPL)
- Brooks Sports Inc.
- Li & Fung Limited
- Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
- R. Twining & Company Limited
- Target Corporation
- Kate Spade & Company
- Hewlett Packard Enterprise
- Fossil, Inc.
- Ethical Trading Initiative
- Avery Dennison Corporation
- Ansell Healthcare Products Plc
- Deckers Outdoor Corporation
- C&A Foundation
- Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.
- Samsung Electronics
- Timberland LLC
- The Talbots, Inc.
- Waitrose Ltd.
- Regatta Foundation
- The Children’s Place, Inc.
- The Co-operative Food
- New Look Retailers Ltd
- Nordstrom, Inc.
- Primark Stores, Ltd.
- MQ Sweden AB
- Microsoft Corporation
- Marks and Spencer p.l.c.
- J Sainsbury plc
- J. Crew Group, Inc.
- HP Inc.
- Etam Europe
- H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB
- Forty Seven Brand
- Columbia Sportswear Company
- C&J Clark International Ltd.
- Burberry Group, plc
- DEG - Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsges. mbH
- BESTSELLER A/S
- Belk, Inc.
- Ann Inc.
- American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
- Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
- AB Lindex
- Levi Strauss Foundation
To unlock the full potential of women working in global supply chains through workplace programs promoting health, financial inclusion, and gender equality. Download an overview of HERproject. Download an overview of HERproject.
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