child labour

Where is the law and humanity for children working in domestic settings?

Around a month ago, protests broke out in Uttara after the body of a 12-year-old child named Boishakhi was recovered from a home in Sector 3, hanging from the ceiling fan.

November 15, 2017
November 15, 2017

Asia's unacceptable record

Out of the 40 million victims of modern slavery worldwide, almost two thirds—25 million people—are exploited in Asia and the Pacific. Making the region host to the largest number of victims of...

October 10, 2017
October 10, 2017

Children at risk

While child labour has been criminalised in Bangladesh, the social structures are such that engaging children in the labour force is commonplace.

October 9, 2017
October 9, 2017

The truth hidden in plain sight

Eradicating modern slavery in a country marred by entrenched poverty is no easy task, especially when the majority of it occurs in the private economy—in our private homes and private businesses.

June 23, 2017
June 23, 2017

What happens to our e-waste?

What do you do with the damaged battery or chargers of your cell phone? Where do you keep your fused bulbs and abandoned switches? What about obsolete computer accessories?

June 12, 2017
June 12, 2017

We can't be passive bystanders while children suffer

Sometimes I wonder how the future generations will view our time. For example, what will be their reaction when they come to know of the child labour situation in our society?

June 13, 2016
June 13, 2016

Ending child labour

Bangladesh has made encouraging progress in increasing the number of enrollment in schools and yet 1.7 million children find themselves toiling in the informal sector of the economy...

June 12, 2016
June 12, 2016

Toiling for a mere living

A toothbrush, two shirts, a pair of trousers and a savings of Tk 465 are all that Russell has after four years of back-breaking labour at

May 31, 2016
May 31, 2016

They feel sick yet they have to work

One can easily count the ribcage bones of the 11-year-old bidi (local cigarette) factory worker. Stunted Monir Islam suffers from health problems such as frequent fevers, headaches, nausea and...

April 4, 2016
April 4, 2016

Do We Need to Worry?

Labour practices and the right to organise by workers have recently received a lot of attention in Western media, triggered by terrible industry accidents in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

March 16, 2016
March 16, 2016

Dhaka’s risky streets with kids driving buses, human hauliers

In any country, one has to be an adult to qualify as a driver. But in Bangladesh, one does not have to obey that law to become a driver – and that literally means it is “allowed”.