Bangladesh

Bangladesh

The Government of Bangladesh, through its Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Policy, is addressing the need of gender-responsive data and research since 2016. It provides two programs for gender-responsive data collection and use. The first is a Labour Migration Information System to collect and produce dedicated labour migration data, including gender-disaggregated information. The second is a Labour Market Research Centre for investigating labour markets and home and abroad to give appropriate information on changing supplies and demands for labour.

Theme: Violence and Vulnerabilities

GCM Objective: 7, 14

The Government of Bangladesh undertook a gender equality analysis of its temporary labour agreements with several countries in the Middle East. The analysis provided evidence for negotiations to better protect the right of women migrant workers. Results included new training for over 40 recruitment agencies and the use of a new toolkit on gender-responsive employment and recruitment, which gives practical steps for governments, businesses and civil society in upholding international standards and best practises.

Theme: Development and International Cooperation

GCM Objective: 1, 2, 7, 14

UN Women helped the Government of Bangladesh in 2010 to establish its first resource center for women who wished to migrate so they could easily obtain accurate, up-to-date information. The resource center used workshops and radio broadcasts to make women more aware of their rights, including developing and broadcasting a 26-episode program on national radio.

Theme: Integration and Participation

GCM Objective: 3

The Government of Bangladesh has implemented its Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Policy in 2016 to identify the need for financial and human resources in addressing gender-related issues. This includes establishing a special, permanent wing in the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment to devise approaches to coordinate implementation of programs supporting women migrant workers. It also enhances gender-responsive budgetary allocations, seeks cooperation from civil society groups and increases the presence of women in labour welfare agencies.

Theme: Violence and Vulnerabilities

GCM Objective: 7, 14

The Government of Bangladesh, in conjunction with UN Women, has created a gender analytical framework for assessment of its data policies. The framework dissects the gendered impact of data by examining each policy's environment, data production, data dissemination, access and use, including on the statuses and conditions of migrant women.

Theme: Migration Data and Registration

GCM Objective: 1, 7, 14