Indian Apparel industry: the Provider and the Enabler

As custodians of the sector that employs the second largest work force in the country and a large women work force, the Indian Apparel industry shoulders a huge responsibility in national development. With over 8000 Apparel exporters in the country, who export garments worth 18 billion USD, the sector is the proud providers of over 3 billion USD wages to women workforce alone.

For a long time now, the sector leaders have been grounding their support and interventions in strategies that build women’s resilience and empower them – with the objective of creating just and equal workplaces, societies and perception. Over all these years, this industry has stressed the importance of not only employment, but also education and training in meeting these needs through various well organized and equipped training centres all over the country.  

The role in spreading awareness and building safe and enabling workplaces with the establishment of Internal Complaints committee in Apparel manufacturing units across the nation has only been one of our many steps towards this.  While much has been done, we cannot disagree, there is so much more that remains undone, in fact unexplored. And we continue to work towards that...

Research has highlighted that gender equality has a positive co-relation with GDP. More gender balance on board has been believed to demonstrate higher share prices and better performance. But, at the same time, reports around gender gap estimate that it will take until the year 2095 to achieve global gender parity in workplace. Clearly changing gears or emphasis in some quarters is, therefore, essential. In my opinion, how to do this effectively continues to be the most common challenge staring all of us in the face. 

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