Thika-based juice maker Del Monte Limited has announced plans to increase its female workforce. In the next four years, the company intends to increase the workforce to 10,000. The processor, which currently employs 6,500 people, form which 2,900 are women, has partnered with the UN Women Health Empowerment Program in the female recruitment plan.
The company’s communication manager Ms Margaret Nyoro said: “About 45 per cent of the company’s labour force are women and the number will be increased as the partnership with UN Women demands.”
According to nation.africa¸ the company plans to provide reproductive health information and services on family planning, cancer awareness, menstrual health and sexually transmitted diseases. It will also include new health services and training on prevention of sexual harassment and gender-based violence in and out of the workplace.
“Del Monte Kenya is committed to supporting and empowering women at workplace and the surrounding community, engaging male employees on gender equality as part of sustaining impact on women’s health and empowerment,” the company said in a statement.
The company noted that through provision of training and dissemination of necessary information via newsletter, pamphlets and fliers on reproductive health, the commitment will be achieved.