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GENEVA – The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) are rolling out an innovative training scheme to get more women into supervisory roles in Bangladesh’s garment sector. ‘Gender Equality and Returns (GEAR), an initiative of Better Work Bangladesh, has already operated a successful pilot which-trained 144 female workers, 58 of whom are now in supervisory roles. Results from the pilot found that that lines led by GEAR-trained females experienced an average increase of 5 per cent in efficiency. Moreover, GEAR-promoted female supervisors also saw on average a 39 per cent increase in salary.

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