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U.N. To Bangladesh: Do More To End Child Marriage

U.N. To Bangladesh: Do More To End Child Marriage

  Bangladesh must do more to tackle child marriage if it is to meet its own goal of eliminating the crime by 2041, according to a United Nations report released on Wednesday. “This human rights violation…(is)robbing children of their childhoods,” said Veera Mendonca, a spokeswoman for the U.N.’s children agency. “We must invest now to […]

More Children Wed, Risk Trafficking In Rohingya Camps In Pandemic – U.N.

More Children Wed, Risk Trafficking In Rohingya Camps In Pandemic – U.N.

Child marriage is on the rise in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps and the risk of human trafficking grows with every day the pandemic shuts youth services, according to a U.N.-led study that was released on Thursday. Bangladesh scaled back activities in the refugee camps in April and mainly focused on providing health and emergency food […]

Pandemic Job Losses And Flooding Spark Fears Of Hard Times In Bangladesh

Pandemic Job Losses And Flooding Spark Fears Of Hard Times In Bangladesh

After losing his job at a garment factory in Dhaka in April as the coronavirus pandemic hit, Mohammad Sumon returned to his village in Jamalpur, about 160 kms away, hoping to support his family working as a part-time mechanic. But severe floods that struck Bangladesh the last week of June, driven by heavy monsoon rains, […]

Bangladeshi Solar-Sharing Start-Up Aims To Cut Power Waste

Bangladeshi Solar-Sharing Start-Up Aims To Cut Power Waste

A start-up that helps rural Bangladeshi owners of home solar power systems trade their surplus electricity with their neighbours won an international award for climate change innovation Thursday. SOLshare, set up in 2014, aims to stem the waste of more than a billion dollars in energy each year when home battery storage systems connected to […]

Bangladesh Unions Urge Factories To Do More To Protect Workers From Coronavirus

Bangladesh Unions Urge Factories To Do More To Protect Workers From Coronavirus

Garment manufacturers in Bangladesh are failing to meet their own safety guidelines set up to protect workers from the coronavirus as factories reopen, union leaders have warned. Bangladesh extended a nationwide shutdown on Thursday after daily reported deaths from the virus hit a new high, but restrictions on the garment sector, on which millions of […]

Bangladesh Garment Workers Pack Streets To Demand Wages During Coronavirus Lockdown

Bangladesh Garment Workers Pack Streets To Demand Wages During Coronavirus Lockdown

Hundreds of workers poured onto the streets of Bangladesh’s port city of Chittagong on Saturday, flouting social distancing rules to demand work and wages during the coronavirus shutdown. Bangladesh, the world’s second-largest apparel producer after China, is set to lose about $6 billion of export revenues this fiscal year as retailers and brands across the […]

Bangladesh’s First Female Middle East Ambassador Hopes To Help Abused Women Workers

Bangladesh’s First Female Middle East Ambassador Hopes To Help Abused Women Workers

Bangladesh’s first woman ambassador in the Middle East is hoping her appointment will help female migrant workers in the region, with a mission to build a shelter at the embassy in Jordan for women labourers facing abuse or exploitation. Nahida Sobhan, 52, a career foreign service officer who has worked in Rome, Kolkata and Geneva, […]

Bangladesh Eyes Deal With Malaysia To Protect Migrant Workers From Abuse

Bangladesh Eyes Deal With Malaysia To Protect Migrant Workers From Abuse

Cutting recruitment fees for Bangladeshi migrants who move to Malaysia for work under a new deal could curb human trafficking, according to officials, yet activists said Bangladesh’s migration system must be revamped in order to protect workers. Malaysia last week said it was considering a zero-cost recruitment agreement with Bangladesh – having banned its migrant […]

Abused Bangladeshi Housemaids Struggle For Justice

Abused Bangladeshi Housemaids Struggle For Justice

Traumatised Bangladeshi women who return home after being tortured and abused working in the Middle East rarely get justice because brokers intimidate them and they cannot afford legal aid, a rights group said on Wednesday. In interviews with 110 returnees, 86% did not receive their full salaries, 61% were physically abused, 24% were deprived of […]

Rescued From Sex Slavery, Red Tape Traps Bangladeshi Girls In India

Rescued From Sex Slavery, Red Tape Traps Bangladeshi Girls In India

Priya was 15 when a relative in Bangladesh tricked her with the promise of a dream job as a singer, drugged her, and trafficked her across the border into the sex trade in India. After several failed attempts to escape the brothel in the eastern state of West Bengal where she was trapped for six […]

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