child labour

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 cough but has to work due to poverty.

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”.

March 10, 2016
March 10, 2016

A long, hard journey

Seventy-year-old day labourer Md Altaf Hossain from Nokathi village in Jhalakathi's Rajapur upazila has seven children, none of whom studied even as far as the Secondary School Certificate except one of his sons, Md Nasiruddin. Economic hardship made education elusive for the family but Nasiruddin, now 24, was determined. Unable to rely on financial support from home for his tertiary studies, Nasiruddin turned to pedal power.

February 22, 2016
February 22, 2016

Child domestic worker set on fire

The news of 12-year-old Purnima, being set alight by her employer and then left in a warehouse without any medical treatment...

February 2, 2016
February 2, 2016

Elimination of child labour

While we can take comfort from the fact that we have been able to reduce the number of child workers by two million in the last 10 years, a large number of children are still employed in hazardous work.