Govt Urged to Ensure Protection for Women Migrant Workers

Speakers on Tuesday urged the government to ensure necessary protection measures for women migrant workers abroad.

Women migrant workers are contributing in remittance earnings. But they are not secured at their workplaces, especially in Middle East countries, they mentioned.

The migrant rights activists made the remarks while speaking at national consultation on the ‘Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and Adaptation of Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM)’ at the city’s CIRDAP auditorium.

WARBE Development Foundation (WARBE DF) organised the consultation.

Bangladeshi Ovhibashi Mohila Sramik Association director Sumaiya Islam said women migrants are being abused by their employers in job destination countries.

“Why do the employers torture our women?” Ms Islam posed a question and added that it should be stopped immediately.

The government should take necessary measures to stop such unethical practices, she added.

WARBE DF secretary general Faruque Ahmed said many times victim women face difficulties to return back home from destination countries.

The authorities concerned should provide essential supports to the women, he added.

WARBE DF chairman Syed Saiful Haque said protection should be ensured for all migrant workers abroad.

Ahmed Munirus Salehin additional secretary at the Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment presided over the programme.

He said they are improving services to the workers. Relevant stalk holders also should work together to ensure a secured and successful migration.

Shahidul Haque, secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs was the chief guest said migration is a highly political issue. Human rights on migration also are political matter.     

The government drafted a mechanism over how to adapt the GCM in Bangladesh contest, he said.

The FS also said that the civil society can advocacy in this regard.      

Gerry Fox, team leader of PROKAS Programme, Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program chairman Shakirul Islam, officials from relevant departments and ministries, returnee women migrant workers, among others was present at the programme.

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