BMP organized research findings disclosed at the launching ceremony 

By on November 1, 2016

To assess the present status and condition of RMG (ready-made garments) female workers, BMP organized a book publication ceremony entitled ‘Vulnerable Empowerment: Capabilities and Vulnerabilities of Female Garments Workers in Bangladesh’, a study after the extensive research findings. The ceremony was held on 20 September, 2016 at Anwara Begum and Munira Khan Auditorium of BMP’s central office.

Renowned economist and former advisor of caretaker govt. professor Dr. Wahiduddin Mahmud was present as a chief guest in this program, while other discussant were Dr.Mostafa Kamal Mujeri, eminent researcher of Institute for inclusive finance and development, Dr. Naznin Ahmed, senior research fellow of BIDS was present also there, research findings and synopsis on the publication was presented by key researcher of this study Dr. Jahid Ul Arefin, head and associate professor of the dept. of Peace and Conflict studies of  DU with Dr. Samina Lutfa Nitra, associate professor, Dep. of Sociology, DU, Dr. Atunu Rabbany, associate professor, dept of Economics, DU is advised to this research. Before the ceremony, Shima Moslem, joint general secretary of BMP, central committee was delivered the welcome speech. Ayesha Khanam, president of BMP was presided over this ceremony.

With the unveiling of publication ceremony was started by Professor Wahiuddin Mahmud and other guests, Ayesha Khanam thanked everyone as it’s come out of success after a long work with the efforts of all stuffs, researcher and well wishers who are cordially involved with BMP.

Study has revealed an elaborate overview on the well-being situation of garments female workers. Through the inclusion of RMG sectors in Bangladesh has achieved an identical, different and innovative kind of women empowerment to compare with the other developing or developed countries said by Professor Dr.Wahiuddin Mahmud. Mr. Mahmud claimed that rather increasing working hour the RMG sectors should stress on the necessary training to improve the productivity. As a result of increasing access to the garments sectors, our woman has changed their status. Focusing on the Vulnerability of garments worker in personal life and workplace this book has credited a precise work said by Dr. Mustafa Kamal Mujeri. A large portion of women are working in this sector, if we can ensure their rights and demands our RMG sector will be extended further. But it’s our notable concern that at first we need to improve our women empowerment said by Dr. Naznin Ahamed, senior research fellow of BIDS.

Survey conducted over the sample of 1024 female workers from different sweater, knit and woven factories. Objectives of the research try to explore how much they are empowered with the enrollment of RMG sectors and at a time what are their point of vulnerability? Researchers are coined a terms ‘vulnerable empowerment’ to generalize their statement as ‘female workers are becoming empowered with the enrollment of RMG sectors but with the inclusion of their further employment it’s exposed them in to a new types of vulnerability’. Study revealed that women are vulnerable from their personal life, workplace and infrastructural settings. Report suggest that 30% women do not feel secured at the existing building structure and inadequate of their factory exit, 55% workers responded their right has violated due to lack of trade union, 39 % women get monthly wage below the Tk. 5300, at least 22 workers shared a bathroom, a majority numbers of worker  are highly risky on their health. Finally researchers are said that they have suggested the key recommendation to take action to avoid diabolic tragedy like Rana plaza as well to ensure women empowerment.

Bring to the light of this book is an achievement of BMP said by Ayesha Khanam. There are so many adversities in the women development of our country; at the one hand we have skyscrapers achievement but on the other hand there have been reflected so much cruelties on the women. This research will help us how we look up, to track, to evaluate our women empowerment and give us valuables recommendations also. Taking measure of all critic, discussion and suggestion we should try to enrich this book by the next edition. To improve women empowerment we needs to apply gender lens through all the task of development, Ayesha Khanam add also.

It is hoped that, by recognizing the detrimental of capabilities and vulnerabilities in the lives of female workers this study will play a more proactive role to advance women’s position in different spheres of RMG sectors.

The ceremony session was conducted by Rina Ahamed, secretary of Training Research and library subcommittee of  BMP central committee.





Book info:

Name of the book : Vulnerable Empowerment: Capabilities and Vulnerabilities of Female Garments Workers in Bangladesh’

Date of publication: 2016 ( Frist edition)

price: BDT 550 (17.50 USD)


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