Micro-, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprise—defined as providing employment for less than 250 people—account for approximately 60-70% of employment worldwide. On 27 June, the United Nations marks the importance of Micro-, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), considering them to be key in achieving the Sustainable Develop Goals including decent work and economic growth (SDG 8).
Many garment factories fall within the category of MSMEs and employ primarily female workers. However, few factories are owned or managed by female workers. It is not uncommon for women workers to participate in informal, home-based, subcontracted work for the textile industry. Such arrangements often do not respect the rights of workers.
Evidence suggests that economically empowering women will reap substantial benefits for the health and wellbeing of families and communities. It is vital that women workers in the garment industry are provided skills to increase their representation in MSMEs through access to further training and education. FWF provides opportunities for women to gain promotions in the workplace by providing training that helps them acquire the skills necessary to take on supervisory roles, through the development of their technical skills and human resource management.