Female Migrants Playing Role in Alleviating Poverty: Minister

The government would not compromise to protect the rights and ensure the safe overseas migration for the country’s women workers, said Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam.

Speaking at a workshop on Thursday he said that the government is firmly committed to protect the rights and uphold welfare of the female migrant workers as they are playing significant role in reducing poverty in the country.

He made the remarks while speaking at workshop on ‘Safe Women Migration for Sustainable Development at Bangabandhu International Conference Center.

He assured that the government would take immediate stern action if the women migrants were found being the victims of deceptions or any type of cheating on their way of migration.

Speaking as chief guest, the minister said that the female migrant workers were playing very important role in alleviating poverty through sending their hard earned remittances back home.

As the women migrants were facing some challenges abroad, the government was working to overcome the challenges, he assured.

The minister urged the people of all strata especially the private institutions and individuals to come up with positive minds to work with the government to ensure safe migration to all aspirant workers seeking jobs overseas.

EWOE ministry’s secretary Nomita Halder who presided over the workshop also reiterated the government’s commitment to ensure safe migration for both male and female workers.

Ministry’s additional secretary Aminul Islam made the welcome address at the workshop while Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director general Salim Reza made a presentation on female migration and SDGs.

 Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) president Benjir Ahmed among others also spoke at the workshop.

Senior officials from the ministry, BOESL, Wage Earners Welfare Board, migrant rights activists and people concerned attended the workshop.

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