Migrants’ rights activists have underscored the need for providing financial literacy training to the Bangladeshi female migrants before departure so that they could learn how to save the earnings properly.
Speaking at the virtual consultation entitled Safe and Planned Migration for Women: Challenges and Priorities on 16 September 2020 (Wednesday), they said that Bangladeshi female workers were frequently seen losing their earnings due to lack of financial literacy.
Migration experts, civil society leaders and representatives from international organizations took part in the virtual discussions, jointly organized by Care Bangladesh and WARBE Development Foundation in collaboration with European Union.
International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) country coordinator Capt (retd) Ikram Hossain said that financial literacy was very important issue and the migrants should be properly training about it.
He observed that many female migrants found no savings after returning home as family members spent moneys at their own.
Returnee migrant Anisur Rahman Khan said that women migrant workers should be trained so they could address all challenges at destinations.
“Nothing should be kept secret dung the training,” he said.
BOMSA director Farida Yeasmin said that they have received over 600 calls from the female migrant workers who complained of various problems facing in destinations.
They were frequently complaining of the Wage theft, loss of jobs and physical abuses abroad, she said, adding that many women workers got shelters abroad waiting for deportation.
Ramesh Singh, Country Director, CARE Bangladesh made the welcome address while Golda Myra ROMA, Project Manager – Migrnats’ Rights Protection(MIGRAP) Alexandru CALOTA, EUD Programme Manager - Migration at Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh and Syed Saiful Haque, Chairman of WARBE DF also spoke at the consultation.
Mostafa Sorower, Program Manager, CARE Bangladesh and Jasiya Khatoon, Director, WARBE DF jointly made presentations.
About 97 per cent of the aspirant women migrant workers do not know about the formal services regarding migration at the community level in the country, a study revealed at the virtual consultation.
Of the total respondents, only five per cent know about training on planned, safe and orderly migration available for women in the community.
Besides, all the respondents who are informed about the services knew that these are provided by union parishad or upazila parishad, while only two respondents were aware of the NGO services.
It covered 10 unions under Nawabgonj and Keranigonj upazillas. Some 220 female workers participated as respondents in the study.
The findings showed that nearly 60 per cent of the aspirant women migrant workers receive information about the migration process from returnee migrants, relatives, friends and family members.
The remaining 40 per cent of women get information from union parishad, technical training centres and District Employment and Manpower Offices (DEMOs), the respondents said.
Humaira Aziz, director of women and girls empowerment programme, moderated the discussion.