The country’s migrants’ rights campaigners on Monday raised protests against the sexual abuse and other repressions on Bangladeshi women workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
A group of 11 non-government organizations campaigning for the migrant rights submitted a memorandum to the Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment ministry protesting the sexual abuses of Bangladeshi domestic workers in the Kingdom.
The activists handed over their memorandum to EWOE ministry’ secretary Nomita Halder at Probashi Kalyan Bhaban.
In the memorandum they demanded the EWOE ministry to take protection measures for the women migrants facing problems in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Almost every day, the groups of Bangladeshi female workers were coming back home at empty-handed, they informed the ministry officials.
The participating organizations among others included Ain o Salish Kendra, Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, WARBE Development Foundation, Bangladeshi Ovhibashi Mohila Sramik Association, Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program, BRAC migration Programme and IMA research Foundation.
During a meeting with the EWOE ministry officials, the campaigners demanded for ensuring security of the each of the female migrant and called for resolving issues through negotiation between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia.
They also stressed the need for sending workers and protecting their rights through Bilateral Agreement and they also stressed protecting victims by the law of the country of destination
The rights campaigners also demanded setting exemplary punishment of the oppressors for torturing the female migrant workers.
The victims should be provided compensations, healthcare facilities and realized their due wages, they said.
Women workers were facing sexual abuse, physical and mental tortures, denial of wages and provided inadequate foods at the destination countries, they said.
When asked, WARBE Development Foundation director Jasiya Khatoon who attended the meeting said that women workers were forced to do excessive works in Saudi Arabia.
‘Though a housemaid is hired for a family of 7 or eight members but in reality she is forced to serve 20 members family,’ she said.