domestic workers

Why child domestic workers are prime victims

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.

April 24, 2018
April 24, 2018

Hiring Bangladeshi Domestic Workers: UAE to resume it within 3 months

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.

July 10, 2017
July 10, 2017

Why child domestic workers are prime victims

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.

May 30, 2016
May 30, 2016

A jarring anomaly of society

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.

March 3, 2016
March 3, 2016

Qatar agrees to hike Bangladeshi female expats’ pay

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).

December 30, 2015
December 30, 2015

Policy for domestic workers - Welcome beginning to a long journey

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.

December 9, 2015
December 9, 2015

Women on the move

Bangladesh hasn't ratified the Domestic Workers Act itself, making it difficult for the government to require the same of destination countries.

November 6, 2015
November 6, 2015

Women trafficked as sex slaves

We are deeply troubled by the allegations that women from Bangladesh are being trafficked to war-ridden Syria as sex slaves and domestic workers.