Health Desk-18 Dec’18: Enactment of a law and its implementation, along with changed social mindset are required to properly address plight of the country's child domestic workers, speakers said at a roundtable on Monday.
They said employment of children as domestic workers could be reduced through facilitating and improving livelihood of their poor parents.
Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF) arranged the roundtable on “Situation of Child Domestic Workers and Human Rights: Protection, Challenges and Way Forward” at The Daily Star Centre in the capital.
The speakers also stressed the need for adding child domestic work in the list of hazardous works for children, to alleviate it.
Referring to a 2005 study by Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies, child protection specialist Sharfuddin Khan said about thirty lakh people were working as domestic help in Bangladesh.
Addressing as chief guest, eminent rights activist Sultana Kamal said despite concerns, problems of child domestic workers were not prioritised.
Sultana also said rights activists will continue to be vocal until rights of the oppressed are ensured.
BSAF Chairperson Khawja Shamsul Huda said household work are now easier to do than in the past, because of technological advancement.
Mostafizur Rahman, joint inspector general of Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments, said the government has formulated the “Domestic Workers Protection and Welfare Policy 2015” to protect interests of domestic workers.
Among others, Tomoko Uchiyama, country director of Shapla Neer Bangladesh; Mahmudul Kabir, country director of Terre des Hommes Netherlands; and Abdus Shahid Mahmood, director of BSAF, spoke on the occasion.