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Brief Report of the Workshop on “Ensure Services to the Domestic Workers: Our Role”

To sensitize and motivate service provider agencies to take positive measures in favour of domestic workers CAMPE organized a day long workshop titled `Ensure Services to the Domestic Workers: Our Role” with the representatives from different government and non-government agencies. The workshop was held on 31st January 2023 at YWCA Auditorium, Dhaka, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm under the Securing Rights project in cooperation with Oxfam in Bangladesh.

A total of 35 participants including 22 female) from different government and non-government agencies like National Skills Development Authority(NSDA), Directorate of Labour( DoL), Directorate of Social Welfare(DSS), Directorate of Women Affairs(DWA) Directorate of Youth Development( DYD) and Burau of Nonformal Education Education( BNFE), Sabujer Ovijan Foundation, Phulki, Shapla Neer, Oxfam in Bangladesh, Karmojibi Nari, Dustha Shawastha Kendra( DSK), Solidarity Center-Bangladesh, Teachers from different government and non-government schools and people representative (Councilor) and representatives of domestic workers attended the workshop.

At the very beginning of the workshop, Mr. Tapon Kumar Das, Deputy Director of CAMPE welcomed the participants and explained the objectives of the workshop followed by a presentation on the `Securing Rights project and Our Expectations’ made Mr. Tarek Aziz, Acting Coordinator, Securing Rights project, Oxfam in Bangladesh.
Ms Raksana Alam, Ward Commissioner, 33, 34 & 35, Mohammadpur has attended the workshop as Guest Speaker. She thanked CAMPE for this wonderful initiative. She expressed her commitment to stay with domestic workers as and when necessary. She also shown her interest to help domestic workers on legal issues.

Finally, the participants made number of recommendations/suggestions and commitments in the workshop. The major recommendations/suggestions and commitments are as follows:

  • Advocacy initiatives need to continue to prevent violence against domestic worker as well as ensure rights and dignity of domestic worker.
  • Provide literacy skills to the domestic workers, prior of skills development training to the domestic workers.
  • Small scale study should be conducted to find out real situation of domestic workers on selected emerging issues.
  • Home visit system should be established by law enforcement agencies and elected bodies to ensure safe work environment for domestic workers.
  • NGOs and other support providing agencies should take initiative to support domestic workers for opening bank account which may help them to form savings.
  • Form and organize regular meeting of monitoring cell at the grassroots level.
  • Establish association of domestic workers
  • Enhance intra and inter agencies/organizational cooperation to ensure rights of domestic workers.
  • Local councilor often may visit workplace of domestic workers at her jurisdiction for ensuring grassroots level monitoring.
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