Ethical Apparel Africa, a garment sourcing agent in West Africa, commits to continue to provide support to kick start workforce empowerment and women’s health programs, including family planning and maternal health care, reaching 1,500 women in garment factories in Ghana by 2023.
Ethical Apparel Africa, a sourcing agent in West Africa, is committed to creating 2,500 sustainable jobs in apparel factories, enabling workers, 70 percent of whom are women, to support their families and uplift their communities by 2023. EAA will continue to provide support to kick start workforce empowerment and general and reproductive health programs that are designed based on local needs to reach 1,500 women in garment factories in Ghana by 2023.
Toward this end EAA will assess initial knowledge of family planning through needs assessment, outline family planning methods and resources including clinic referral, raise awareness of prenatal and postnatal care for maternal health, provide a toolkit for parents to improve health of households (with a focus on children and adolescents).
EAA will also demonstrate that such workplace health programs are sustainable as part of factories’ ongoing operating models. In addition to investing in the health of workers, EAA will implement incentive programs in all factories to increase the take home pay by an average of at least 20 percent from 2019 baseline. Finally, through developing an ecosystem for people and skills development in the emerging Ghanaian apparel industry -- including a $2.4M Center of Excellence for technical training EAA is establishing with GIZ and other private sector partners -- they will help catalyze the growth of the Ghana apparel industry to employ over 10,000 individuals by 2023.
“We are committed to being part of the development of a the West African apparel manufacturing industry, getting it right from the start in relation to ethical standards and worker empowerment. This is especially important to women and training on reproductive health is a key element of this.” - Keren Pybus, CEO Ethical Apparel Africa.