WARBE Development Foundation and Care Bangladesh, has today organized an advocacy meeting associating members of Bangladesh Parliament and Bangladesh Parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development; Representatives from the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment, DEMO, BMET, TTC, Recruiting Agencies, INGOs, NGOs, Trade Unions, Research Organizations and Media. The advocacy meeting also had woman migrant victims, woman volunteers called Information Champions as well as successful migrant women.
Together, they advocated and conversed ways forward to forge association among government and non-government institutions with a view to addressing grievances from the migrant women and nurturing more effective communication among the stakeholders. Besides, the training contents of the technical training centers were also on the agenda. The goal was to improve the training centers’ training quality as well as fraudulent practices that take place frequently particularly concerning the training certificates. Provided the nature of the advocacy, women migrants from Keraniganj and Nawabganj upazila were present in the meeting as human evidences of issues to which they testified.
The advocacy meeting was moderated by Syed Saiful Huque, chairman, WARBE Development Foundation and later, the moderation was performed by Jasiya Khatoon, director, WARBE Development Foundation.
As the chair of the event, honorable former MP and Secretary General of Bangladesh Parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development, Ms. Mahjabeen Khaled inaugurated the meeting and opined that it’s a nice and noteworthy premonition that the members of Bangladesh Parliament have started to talk about migration more seriously. She maintained that there are not enough woman employees in our embassies in the destination countries where migrant women could file their grievances without being tensed their gender. Besides, there is a visible cavity in information exchange between the governmental and non-governmental bodies at local and national level which is imperative to be filled in as soon as possible.
Speaking as chief guest, honorable chairman of Bangladesh Parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development, Barrister Shameem Haider Patwary MP maintained that we have pre-allocated budget and plan for the migration sector in 8th 5 years’ plan of the Ministry of Planning, Bangladesh. The allocated resource, he suggested, should be disbursed in view of that. He also advised for advanced research on future demands in the skill sector as far as the labor migration is concerned and to plan in vein with the research results. Moreover, He pointed out
that much of our noble endeavors which are yet to be realized, take longer than usual to be processed by our bureaucracy. Overall, Mr. Patwary emphasized that migrant workers’ rights are equivalent to human rights and should be gauged accordingly.
Ms. Nasreen Jahan, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment graced the meeting as the guest of Honor. She mentioned about several financial projects undertaken by the government specifically the fund of 10 million BDT for financial assistance of the migrant workers and the government fund of 7000 million BDT at the Prabashi Kolyan Bank available for the reintegration of the migrant workers.
On another note, Mr. Mohammad Ikram Hossain, Country Coordinator-Bangladesh, ICMPD; Mr. Mostofa Sorower, Program Manager, Care Bangladesh; Advocate Jannatunnesa Toma, Arbitration Officer, Grievance Reciving Center (GRC) of WARBE DF at BMET; Ms. Sumaiya Islam, ED, BNSK; Ms. Farida Yeasmin, Director, BOMSA; Ms. Jannatul Firdaus Rupa, AD, DEMO Dhaka; Mr. MD. Tipu Sultan, President, Female Worker Recruiting Agencies Association of Bangladesh (FWRAB) and Prof. Ishrat Shamim. President, Centre for Women and Children Studies (CWCS) spoke at the advocacy meeting.