On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2016, A National Flag Rally of the Women Workers have taken place on demand of
Establishment of “Child Care Center” in all the garment factories of Bangladesh within 2016
On demand of establishment of “Child Care Center” in all the garment factories of Bangladesh within 2016, By the initiative of National Garment Workers Federation, a National Flag Rally of the Women Workers have taken place in Dhaka today. It started from frontwards of National Press Club, encompassing the Roads in front of High Court & Ministry of Foreign Affairs & ended at the Central Office of the Federation at Topkhana Road.
Before starting the event, presided by the President of National Garment Workers Federation Mr. Amirul Haque Amin, speech delivered by: Mr. Kamrul Ahsan, Executive Chairman of National Workers’ Federation & Joint Coordinator of Worker-Employee Unity Council, Sheema Akter, Vice President of National Garment Worker- Employee Federation & Secretary, Womens’ Affair of Ekota Garments Worker Federation, Shamima Akter Shirin, President of Bangladesh Garments Textile Workers Federation, Ms. Shafiea Parvin, General Secretary of National Garment Workers’ Federation, Central Leaders including Ms. Nurun Nahar, Mrs. Arifa Akter, Mrs. Ranu Begum, Md. Kabir, Md. Rafique & Sweety Akter.
The speakers stated that, out of 4.2 million garment workers, 3.6 million are women & a significant part of them are mother. Maximum of the garment factories do not have child care center, so that it is not possible for the worker mothers to look after their child & breastfeed them during the working period. They have no options other than keep their babies in dirty rooms of the slum, keep them locked in or keep them to their grandparents in the village. This is an unbearable mental pain for the worker mothers, which affects the production & the quality of the product at the factory.
The speakers also stated that, the government women staffs get six months of maternity leave according to law, but millions of women workers working at the garment sector & other private sectors get only four months of maternity leave. “Two types of law for the women in the same country” – this discrimination should be eliminated.
Mentioning the contribution of the garment workers in national development, the leaders said that the workers earn 81% of the export earnings of the country.
In the International Women’s’ Day the speakers stated the following demands:
- 1) Ensuring establishment of childcare center in all the garment factories of Bangladesh within 2016.
- 2) Like other Govt. & private sectors, immediate action to make the maternity leave 6 months long (paid).
- 3) Equal right, equal wage & equal promotion of the female workers.
- 4) Establishing equal rights of the women in family, workplace & in the country.
- 5) Equal rights of women in family properties.
General Secretary, National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF), Phone: +880172218185689