Awaj Foundation Provides Emergency Relief to COVID Hit RMG Workers

Awaj Foundation, a grassroots labour rights NGO in Bangladesh, has provided emergency food materials to the COVID affected Readymade Garment workers who were residing in Dhaka and Chottagram cities.

Awaj Foundation officials told Migration News that they have been distributing the reliefs including husked rice, pulse, oil and others essentials among the distressed garment workers.

‘Over 2500 COVID affected garment workers would be brought under the current relief programme ,’ said Khadiza Akhter, Treasurer of Awaj Foundation.

She said that each worker would get a package of 60kg of the food materials.

Labour leader Nazma Akter, also executive director of Awaj Foundation, among other city corporation officails, joined the relief distribution programme.

The COVID-19 pandemic affected Bangladesh’s all sectors including RGM as part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease. The first virus confirmed to have spread in Bangladesh in March 2020. The pandemic continues to leave impacts on employment of women workers engaged in the country’s apparel industry.

The Covid-19 pandemic triggered huge job losses, especially for women, in the ready-made garment (RMG) sector in Bangladesh. The industry contributes 11.2% to the gross domestic product of the country.

More than 4,600 RMG factories constitute the largest industrial sector in the country and contribute to 36% of manufacturing employment engaging 4.1 million workers.

Industrious, disciplined and low-cost women workers are the backbone of this industry. With 61% women employment, the RMG industry plays crucial role in women empowerment and gender equity.

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