Women in Bangladesh spend about 25 percent of their time daily on unpaid care work while men spend 3.3 percent of their time on the same.
Partially lifting a ban on hiring workers, the United Arab Emirates would resume hiring domestic workers from Bangladesh within next three months, Expatriates' Welfare Minister Nurul Islam said yesterday.
The photo of a battered young maid with black eyes swollen to the extreme shook the conscience of those who saw it circulating on social media the past week (“Tortured domestic help moved to Dhaka CMH”, The Daily Star, July 4, 2017). The child was identified as 11-year-old Sabina Akhter from Tangail district, who was working as a maid in an army officer's house for the last six months in the capital's Mirpur DOHS area.
It is easy to miss stories about child domestic workers being tortured and killed. Easy because stories of children being killed have become eerily regular.
Gulf nation Qatar has agreed to increase monthly salary for the skilled Bangladeshi female migrants and domestic workers from Tk 19,350 to 25,800 (QAR900 to 1200).
Almost all employees in the formal sector would complain about the denial of their legal rights if their official holidays are curtailed; but it would be very difficult to find anyone among these employees who would even think that the persons working in their homes are entitled to paid leave and holidays as well.
Bangladesh hasn't ratified the Domestic Workers Act itself, making it difficult for the government to require the same of destination countries.