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Leveraging technology to engage workers and managers on gender, health, and financial inclusion.

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Women have been disproportionately impacted by the economic and social consequences of COVID-19. HERessentials is an app which provides critical information to vulnerable female and male workers and managers in global supply chains during times of crisis, including information on health, financial resilience, and tools for building harmonious relationships and handling stress. Furthermore, it is designed to increase workers’ digital and tech literacy while also heightening resilience in an increasingly technological world of work. The offering puts technology in the hands of low-income women with low tech skills all the while empowering suppliers to take ownership of worker trainings on essential topics.

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HERessentials was developed in partnership with Empower@Work to support workers and managers respond to COVID-19. HERessentials draws on the Empower@Work toolkit which includes content from Empower@Work founding members Better Work, CARE International, Gap's PACE program, and HERproject.

“I am a worker at the factory and with my salary I can hardly sustain the family. My husband lost his job due to COVID-19 and this has affected the family both financially and emotionally. There have been increased arguments in the family.” — Female worker, Kenya

What is the HERessentials App?

The HERessentials app was developed with workers in mind—ensuring usability for those with low tech literacy and low literacy levels. Once downloaded on tablets, the app is available offline, thereby catering to workplaces where connectivity is low and providing accessibility even in times of social distancing. The application includes animations teaching core concepts, games to solidify understanding, and pre- and post- quizzes to gauge learnings. Animations in the HERessentials app share key messages from the Empower@Work toolkit.

Screenshots of the HERessentials App

Screen capture of the HERessentials App

Screen capture of the HERessentials App

Capacity Building

HERessentials is based on the standard HERproject activities, with the following focus areas.

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Key topics covered include: Hygiene and General Health; Family Health; Managing Your Money; Digital Financial Services; Building Harmonious Relationships; Stress Management; How to Use a Tablet; and Sharing Information with Others.

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Key topics covered include: Communication skills, Stress management