Sharing meeting on “Ensure the rights and security of migrant women workers in the context of women’s human rights Bill (CEDAW)”

By on September 27, 2017

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) organized a sharing meeting on “Ensure the rights and security of migrant women workers in the context of women’s human rights Bill (CEDAW)”on 18th September 2017 at 3:30 p.m at Anawara Begum Munira Khan Auditorium, Sufia Kamal Bhaban, 10/B/1 Shegunbagicha, Dhaka.

Dr. Nomita Halder, NDC, Acting Secretary to the Ministry of Expatriates Welfare & Overseas Employment was the special guest in the discussion meeting. Tapati Saha, Program Coordinator, Women’s Economic Empowerment, UN Women Bangladesh was present as guest. Dr. Fauzia Moslem, Vice- President of BMP, chaired the meeting. On behalf of the central committee of BMP, International sub-committee Secretary Rekha Saha presented the key note paper on “Ensure the rights and security of migrant women workers in the context of women’s human rights Bill (CEDAW)”. Rekha Choowdhury, Vice president of BMP placed recommendations and Jana Goswami, Advocacy Director conducted the discussion meeting.

The chief guest Dr. Nomita Halder said, there are 34 technical training centers in this ministry where girls and women are being trained for 1 month, small apps have been created on their mobile phones. She said that all of us have to take responsibility for making proper education and skillful training for the women workers to be competent for other professions not only as domestic workers. The immigration process should be easier and she urged everyone to come forward to ensure the protection of human rights of women workers.

BMP vice-president Fauzia Moslem said gender-based discrimination could not be eliminated if the sections of CEDAW are fully ratification.

Tapati Saha, Program Coordinator of UN Women Bangladesh, said we have policies and action plans. We have to implement these action plans. When a woman worker decides to go out of the country, then she faces difficulties. There is difference between male and female in each case. Therefore, all women human rights organizations including the Ministry of  Expatriates Welfare & Overseas Employment , Women and Children Affairs should work together to protect women workers.

General Secretary of BMP Maleka Banu said there are many challenges for women who are working abroad. In reality, we see there are incidences of cheating, violence, inequality and discrimination in all stages of women’s immigration process. Although Bangladesh has taken many steps, it is being interrupted for various reasons. She said that the protection of women’s basic rights is the primary responsibility of the state but it needs to be strengthened. She hoped that women will go ahead with all the hurdles in the field of immigration.

International secretary Rekha Saha presented the the key note paper.The key note paper stressed on the full implementation of Article 11 of CEDAW that will play an important role in ensuring employment, rights, dignity, and security of the women at workplace. Implementation of section 13 will create equal opportunity for women by removing gender discrimination, getting loan and other discriminatory aspects for women, and then it will be easier for women workers to participate in the employment process abroad.

BMP central Committee members, Social Action committee members, different sub-committee members, Dhaka city committee members and staffs of BMP, Media representatives were participated in the meeting.

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