In 2011, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation launched the Women in Factories Training Program, a five-year initiative that will train 60,000 women in 150 factories and processing facilities producing for top retail suppliers in industries with high percentages of women. The program, which was implemented in collaboration with local NGOs, will teach critical life skills related to communication, hygiene, reproductive health, occupational health and safety, identifying personal strengths and gender sensitivity. Up to 8,000 women will also receive leadership training to develop the work and life skills necessary for personal and career development.
The open-source Women in Factories Training Program curriculum, developed by CARE and funded by the Walmart Foundation, can be shared and adapted by other brands, organizations, factories and any other stakeholders who are interested in workforce development in the factory sector. Because the program focuses on job readiness, leadership and management, it can be adapted across-sectors. We are pleased to make the curriculum publicly available for download.