Staff Reporter: Women form an overwhelming majority of the RMG workforce in Bangladesh. However, efforts to protect their rights in the workplace are relatively low. Women accept jobs under harsh and challenging conditions, being subjected to discrimination on many fronts, including sexual harassment, denial of maternity leave or benefits. To reduce gender-based violence in the garment industry promoting systemic changes, an orientation program titled ‘Orientation on Implementation of Harassment Prevention & Elimination Policy and Procedure And Disciplinary Action Policy and Procedure’ was held at the White Palace Hotel, Uttara, Dhaka yesterday.
It was organized by Shojag, a coalition consists of four organizations – Naripokkho, Christian Aid, Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) and SNV Netherlands Development Organization and funded by Global Fund for Women.
The orientation program was conducted by Mr. Abdul Alim, CEO- Sustainable Management System Bangladesh in which delegates from 5 partner factories attended.
As an implementing partner of the Shojag project, SNV will leverage its expertise and engage with selected RMG factories and female workers to introduce, improve and strengthen policies and procedures to reduce gender-based violence in the workplace. The project will focus on the root causes of gender-based violence and address unequal power relations by raising awareness and strengthening structural mechanisms to prevent violence and sexual harassment in the workplace, including support and protection mechanisms.