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Bangladesh: DWRN urged the government protecting domestic workers

Bangladesh: DWRN urged the government protecting domestic workers

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by IDWFED published Oct 23, 2012 12:00 AM
Domestic Workers' Rights Network (DWRN) organised the human chain on October 22 in front of Jatiya Press Club in the capital. Speakers at a human chain urged the government to enact separate laws to promote rights of domestic workers and curb violence against them. They also demanded that the government takes immediate measures so that domestic workers would no longer be considered informal labourers and not be easily exploited.

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Domestic Workers' Rights Network (DWRN) organised the human chain on October 22 in front of Jatiya Press Club in the capital.

Speakers at a human chain urged the government to enact separate laws to promote rights of domestic workers and curb violence against them.  They also demanded that the government takes immediate measures so that domestic workers would no longer be considered informal labourers and not be easily exploited.

Speakers suggested that the government fixes a minimum wage, working hours, and other benefits for domestic workers.  Employers should be held accountable for torturing domestic workers physically and mentally and for sexually harassing them, they said.


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Karmojibi Nari's Hasina Akhter said a majority of domestic workers were young females and so were more prone to exploitation.

“So the situation is directly linked to gender-based violence,” she added.

Speakers said most incidents of violence against domestic workers were settled with meagre amounts of money and the perpetrators went unpunished, thus the need for tough punishment of guilty employers was necessary.

The network will arrange a rally for domestic workers on November 21 to press home their demands.

Source: The Daily Star

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