Oporajita - Collective Impact on Future of Work

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Project Synopsis

“Oporajita” is a collective of 12 partners including CARE Bangladesh. It is a 2 year-long initiative that aims to holistically address the challenges to women’s future employment and achieving transformative changes in industries, the workforce, and surrounding communities. In the turbulent situation of garment industries amid the pandemic outbreak, H&M Foundation partnered with CARE Bangladesh through the project ‘Building Resilience of Women Garment Factory Workers in Bangladesh’ to provide cash support, and doorstep medical and psychosocial support to workers who were laid off from their jobs. Meanwhile, CARE commenced another project ‘Agaami- an action for fostering women’s leap towards Future Work’ also funded by H&M Foundation providing soft skills and career progression supports for women garment workers. In consideration of the violence and harassment in workplaces and other challenges being faced by the women workers in the backdrop of emerging digitalization and automation, H&M Foundation again joined forces with CARE in a consortium through the “Oporajita” project.

Projects Coverage

Coverage areas are selected based on CARE’s existing projects and strong presence. In the areas, CARE has been implementing projects under the Women and Girls Empowerment Program and Health Programs since 2014. CARE has good network and interaction with corresponding local administration and the communities. Other Oporajita partners also have a strong presence in the mentioned areas.

Achievements and Milestones

Reached 20% (16000) women through session at the women friendly space (WFS) centers on GBV, Stress management, problem-solving, SRHR, and Nutrition

Developed and conceptualized Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Assessment Toolkit

Conducted Baseline survey to understand the harmful practices and perceptions around women leadership in the RMG ecosystem.

Conducted 8 factory buy-in meetings with selected factories at Gazipur and Savar.

“Men’s Cooking Competition Sparks Change in Gender Norms and Advances Equity at Home”

We have the traditional notion that cooking is predominantly a woman's task. In an effort to challenge such traditional gender roles, a series of cooking competitions were organized by CARE Bangladesh’s Oporajita project. In the competition, women alongside community representatives judged the foods cooked by men. It serves as an eye-opener for everyone to understand that domestic tasks are a shared responsibility. The competition gave men the chance to prove that the kitchen isn't just a 'woman's domain,' but a place where men can express creativity, show care, and contribute to their homes. It's about more than just a great meal, it's about a great change