Women's Health Initiative Receives $1.77 Million From Dutch Government

BSR, a San Francisco-based organization that works with a global network of nearly three hundred member companies to "build a just and sustainable world," has announced a grant of $1.77 million from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in support of its women's health initiative.

The grant will be used to expand the HERproject, a peer-to-peer education program that connects BSR's local suppliers with women's sexual and reproductive health training, supported by qualified trainers from local NGOs. To that end, the grant will be used to promote the project among community and youth organizations; develop new partnerships in Bangladesh and Kenya; and support research on the needs of women in export-oriented sectors in Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, and Uganda.

Since it launched in 2007, the project has reached 200,000 female workers in more than 150 factories and farms in eight countries. The program also has initiated partnerships among 22 companies and their suppliers, as well as 15 local NGOs.

"This project has a real and immediate impact on women's lives by giving them practical, high-quality information about their sexual and reproductive health," said Racheal Yeager, director of HERproject. "This support from the Netherlands will help us [achieve] HERproject's goal to reach one million female workers by 2015."