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A Spotlight from Pathways for Promise Donor, Levi Strauss Foundation

Posted on November 5, 2020

Written by Kiko

Levi Strauss Foundation has been a generous supporter of AUW’s Pathways for Promise program since 2016, ensuring that garments workers in nearby factories in Chittagong have access to university education. Pathways for Promise prepares talented women from historically marginalized communities to excel in AUW’s undergraduate program through intensive English language teaching and foundational academic skills-building.


Francesca Bitton of Levi Strauss Foundation highlighted the important work of Pathways for Promise, and the impact of support from stakeholders in the garments industry, in her piece on AUW:

October 26, 2020 — “Research indicates that investing in women and providing them with opportunities to better their health, education and well-being have effects far beyond a single individual. In fact, a woman multiplies the impact of an investment made in her future by extending benefits to the world around her, creating a better life for her family and community.

Pathways to Promise allows for female apparel workers to take their future into their own hands, often for the first time. The academic and leadership development program at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh is unlocking the potential of women working in garment factories. The program affords a cohort of female students with a scholarship to a five-year liberal arts and science education culminating in a bachelor’s degree, and provides women with professional and leadership training, transforming their potential into reality. Scholars within the program come from low-income and marginalized communities, and many are apparel workers.

‘I couldn’t believe there was an opportunity to go to University,’ said Juma, a young woman enrolled in Pathways to Promise and a Levi Strauss Foundation Scholar. ‘I belong to a poor family; no one from my family or village believed that anyone could be given this kind of chance. I didn’t listen and I went.’

By developing their own leadership potential through the program, they are then able to alter the perceptions of what female apparel workers can achieve and increase their own agency.”

Read the full piece from Levi Strauss Foundation here: