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Bangladesh: Decent Work for Domestic Workers Campaign


Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) in collaboration with the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) and the Domestic Workers Rights Network (DWRN) convened a national consultation on 26 November 2018 at the Hotel 71 on the ratification campaign for ILO Convention 189 by the Government of Bangladesh.

The national consultation is a follow-up of the October 2017 MFA regional consultation in Manila, Philippines, in collaboration with International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF), that aimed to look into the recent developments of domestic workers’ issues in the region and to establish a path to move forward with the domestic workers agenda. During the conference, a two-year ratification campaign for the International Labour Organization Convention 189 on Domestic Workers (ILO C189) was agreed upon for Bangladesh and Nepal.

The consultation was a part of the ongoing process in building the 2 year ratification campaign on ILO C189 for civil society in Bangladesh to come up with an effective plan of action towards the recognition and protection of the rights of the domestic workers both within and beyond the national boundaries. The campaign’s objective is to promote decent living and working conditions for domestic workers through the ratification and implementation of ILO C189. Following the initial consultation in March, the meeting specifically aims to develop a concrete national action plan based on the discussions from the prior consultation towards implementation.

A total of 50 participants from labour rights NGOs, human rights NGOs, researcher, lawyer, women’s rights activists, journalists, lawyer and government officials from the ministry of labour participated in this consultation. At the end of the consultation, participants have identified a work plan for the 2 year campaign on the ratification of ILO C189. With the commitment of the participants and organizers, a meeting has been set in early January to kick off the campaign in Bangladesh.

For more information please contact William Gois of the MFA Secretariat at: mfa@mfasia.org.

Please find below some photos from the program.



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