Many women say P.A.C.E. has been life changing, teaching them tangible skills while shifting their perception of themselves and their abilities. They describe becoming better at communicating, managing their finances, taking care of their health and planning for the future. Each woman has her own story to tell about creating change – whether for herself, her family or her community.
We began offering P.A.C.E. in community settings in 2013 to support women outside of the factory. Inspired by the stories of the women who have participated to-date and their dreams for their daughters, we are expanding our community program to include adolescent girls ages 13 – 17. One by one, girls around the world will gain the skills and confidence to change the course of their lives.
It takes a village to make P.A.C.E. possible, from the trainers who teach the courses to the nonprofit partners who develop the curriculum. Meet the people who are proud to be part of our P.A.C.E. community.
“After graduating from P.A.C.E. in 2012, I became a trainer for the program. It’s made a big difference in my work. I communicate with my manager and workmates more effectively, and my productivity has increased by more than 30%.”
Ngoc Bich Truong
“My life has been improved very much through P.A.C.E. I save more money, have better communication skills, and can better manage stress. The relationships in my family are more in harmony. I also have better talks with my factory leader.”
“My favorite part about working on P.A.C.E. is being able to see women that produce our clothes fulfill their potential and change themselves positively. Each story that I hear in every classroom really moves me personally and keeps me feeling motivated to do the work.”
“CARE has been honored to partner with Gap Inc. on various programs for nearly 15 years. With the P.A.C.E. program, CARE has (and is!) implementing programs that have had high impact on female garment workers and their families. While the structure of the program is relatively set, success depends upon taking the program and ensuring it meets the needs of each unique factory or community.”
“One of the things that always strikes me about P.A.C.E. is how it not only positively impacts the women who participate, but also the business. We continue to see women come out more confident, more goal-oriented, and more productive in their work – and hear from vendors that P.A.C.E. trained women are more communicative and effective. The additional bonus of course is all of the skills that the women take home to their families.”
Gap Inc. launched P.A.C.E. in 2007 in partnership with vendors and global and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It’s these partnerships that help P.A.C.E. succeed every day.
Swasti Health Resource Centre and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) supported the design and development of the program. CARE was also a key implementing partner. Our vendors also play a critical role; without their support the program wouldn’t be sustainable.
In partnership with CARE, ICRW, and Swasti, P.A.C.E. expanded into communities in 2013 to support even more women, outside of the factory setting.
The independent International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) evaluates the P.A.C.E. program around the world. In September 2013, ICRW released a report summarizing findings from program evaluations they conducted from 2009 to 2013 at six separate factory sites where P.A.C.E. is implemented: two in India and one each in Cambodia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and China.
A few highlights:
Evaluations demonstrate that program participants feel they have greater confidence, stronger communication skills, and have learned the importance of goal setting and practical financial practices.
Factory managers report improved efficiency, increased professional advancement, and lower rates of absenteeism from P.A.C.E. graduates.
On a global level, self- esteem rose 49% at the end of the program
P.A.C.E. women in Cambodia were promoted three times faster than other female garment workers at the same factory
In India, there was a 45% increase in women who did something recently at work that made them feel good about themselves