Female tea workers must lead at all levels of the worker's unions in tea gardens to enhance their social security and their families, said speakers at a roundtable discussion in Sylhet marking International Women's Day today.
The discussion titled "Women in leadership: achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 World" was jointly organised by the United Nations (UN) Women, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and International Labour Organization (ILO).
Empowering female tea workers as leaders and decision-makers in the process can solve issues like maternal healthcare, children's education and adolescent women's health nutrition, speakers said at the discussion hosted by UNFPA Technical Officer Dr Animesh Biswas.
Programme Analyst of Women's Economic Empowerment of UN Women in Bangladesh Tapati Saha said that building awareness about gender discrimination and women empowerment is necessary for female tea workers.
In her keynote speech, Tapati Saha said that a United Nations' SDG joint project for enhancing social protection for female tea garden workers and their families in the Sylhet division is progressing through development agencies and the Government of Bangladesh.