Bangladeshi Ovhibashi Mohila Sramik Association (BOMSA) has sought interventions of the Prime Minister to protect the country’s women migrant workers by including provisions of the Overseas Employment and Migrants Act 2013 through its amendment.
Speaking at a press conference in Dhaka Reporters’ Unity, on Saturday, the BOMSA officials presented the 6-point demand marking the International Migrants’ Day 2020 for ensuring legal rights of the country’s women migrant workers facing problems.
BOMSA director Advocate Farida Yeasmin said that her organization was appealing to the Prime Minister to take necessary steps to protect the women workers who were in crisis at home and abroad.
As Bangladesh was a party of International Convention or Agreement 1990, she sad that so the state would have to immediately amend the Overseas Employment and Migrants Act 2013 to remove all obstacles of women migration.
Reading out a statement, Farida Yeasmin, also a senior Supreme Count Lawyer, said that the government should include some provisions to ensure security and protections of women migrant workers through facilitating the safe migration.
On behalf of BOMSA, she said that state should clearly identify “cause of death” of migrant workers through conducting postmortem of each dead body of the migrants. The monitoring and accountability of the embassies should be ensured in this regard.
“If negligence of the people is found, they should be held accountable and punished,” she said.
For the interest of ensuring justice, all of the migrants’ cases filed in the countries of destinations should be followed up and monitored properly by the Bangladesh missions abroad.
Bangladesh government should adopt and implement “Zero Tolerance Policy” against the killings of the country’ migrants, she added.
As per Wage Earners Welfare Act 2018, the necessary projects should be taken for reintegration of the returned women migrants and supporting their families back home.
Meanwhile, trade union leader Abdul Hossain was present at press conference as chief guest and he presented the importance of International Migrants Day observed in December 18 in Bangladesh and across the world.
BOMSA chairman Lily Jahan said that they have been providing supports to the women migrant workers who were making calls every day to their office call center amid COVID-19 pandemic.
BOMSA general secretary Sheikh Rumana also spoke at the press conference.
Two women migrants who have returned home recently from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have presented their experiences at the press conference.
Of them, Karima, 30, of Shibpur of Narsingdi said that she was forced to send back home without providing her due wages of 12 months.
“To survive I had to eat stealing the foods and the employer tortured me regularly whenever I asked for wages,” she said, adding that she had been sent back home in August 2020 by Saudi Police who detained her for a week.
“I have worked for one year for the employer but I was denied my total wage,’ she said.
Another women migrant Hazeera Begum said her employer was good enough to pay her wage but she was forced to do domestic works from early morning to midnight.
Hazeere came back to Bangladesh on leave and she is scheduled to return to the KSA in January.
She said that she had been working for 4 years and six months for the same employer.