Call to ratify ILO Convention on domestic workers’ rights

Dhaka,  Sat,  24 June 2017
Published : 15 Jun 2017, 22:17:52
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Call to ratify ILO Convention on domestic workers’ rights

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Rights activists on Thursday called for the ratification of the ILO Convention 189 in order to protect domestic workers from violence and discriminations both at home and abroad.

The ILO adopted the convention 189 in 2011 to recognise that domestic workers are also entitled to the same facilities as enjoyed by others workers.

The rights activists said that although Bangladesh approved of the Convention 189, it has not yet ratified the international instrument that calls for fair treatment of domestic workers.

Ratifying this Convention can significantly help protect the country's domestic workers from injustices and ensure a decent working environment for them, they added.

The call came at a consultation meeting on 'Ratification of ILO Convention 189 for the Protection of Women Domestic Workers' held at the National Press Club in the city. The WARBE Development Foundation organised the event on the occasion of International Domestic Workers' Day to be observed tomorrow.

Member of Parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development Advocate Hosne Ara Lutfa Dalia MP attended the programme as the chief guest.

The programme was also attended by WARBE Development Foundation Chairman Syed Saiful Haque, secretary general Md Faruque Ahmed, Program Manager of Manusher Jonno Foundation Sarowat Binte Islam and general secretary of the National Domestic Women Workers' Union (NDWWU) Murshida Akter.

Advocate Hosne Ara said many domestic workers go abroad for better opportunities, but it is very unfortunate that they have to face various forms of violence and discriminations there.

"I think respect and dignity are very important for a person working abroad, but domestic workers are not treated fairly," she said.

She requested the domestic workers to know about the working conditions and environment before going abroad.

Mr Syed Saiful Haque said ratification of this Convention can play a significant role in ensuring equal rights, decent working environment and fair treatment of domestic workers.

"I hope the government will ratify this important Convention to protect the country's domestic workers both at home and abroad," he added.

Ratification of the ILO convention 189 can help ensure the rights of domestic workers, including protecting them from extreme working hours, low payment, limited social safety, physical torture and various kinds of deceptions, said the speakers.

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