The expatriates welfare and overseas employment ministry has decided to increase migration of the female workers in more attractive jobs other than domestic works.
The decision came as the female workers employed as domestic helps in the Middle East countries in last four years were frequently returning home as victims of abuses, tortures and other problems.
About 46,000 female workers, consisting of only 10 per cent of the total females, have migrated abroad since 2015 with ‘attractive jobs’ out of the households, according to an estimate of the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry
EWOE ministry joint secretary for employment Jahangir Alam said that other than domestic jobs, Bangladeshi female workers were working in readymade garments, in hospitals and supermarkets as cleaners.
He said that they have recently got demand of RMG workers’ jobs in Dubai, Jordan and Algeria, to be suitable and attractive jobs for the female workers.
According to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has become the largest destination of the female workers from Bangladesh. Jordan, Lebanon, UAE, Oman and Qatar also recruited female workers from Bangladesh.
The EWOE ministry estimated that 4, 45,495 female migrants have gone abroad in last four years from January 2015 to December 2018 and of them 46,892 female workers migrated with jobs other than domestic works.
Migrant rights activists called upon the government to send female workers in the more attractive professions across the globe.
Bangladeshi Ovhibashi Mohila Sramik Association director advocate Sumaiya Islam said that female workers should be sent abroad in diversified professions across the world other than domestic helps.
She called upon the government to introduce three month long ‘residential training for female workers’ for grooming them properly before sending them abroad.
During the residential training, Sumaiya Islam said that female workers would be taught culture and norms of the destination countries.
WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque said that it is not possible to protect the female workers inside of employer’s houses.
So women workers could be sent with skill trainings to the emerging markets in the East Asian countries, he said.
Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program chairman Shakirul Islam said that the government should first assess existing female migration before taking new steps.
He said that the state should allocate sufficient budgets for investment in grooming skilled female workers for alternative professions and markets abroad.