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Momen: Recruiting agencies must keep record of female workers

  • Published at 10:45 pm November 14th, 2019
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen
File photo of Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Agencies that send female workers abroad do not complete registration making it difficult to identify and locate the responsible persons in case of any untoward incident occurs at their work place

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said recruiting agencies must register all the female workers, especially those going abroad as housemaids, to deal with the issues of exploitation or torture.

Agencies that send female workers abroad do not complete registration making it difficult to identify and locate the responsible persons in case of any untoward incident occurs at their work place, he said on Thursday.

“We are making registration mandatory for recruiting agencies,” the Foreign Minister told reporters while briefing them about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s forthcoming official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), reports UNB.

Referring to the demand of some quarters to stop sending female workers abroad, Dr Momen said they have not yet taken any decision but the government does not want to discriminate women.

“I do not know how women will take it if their scope is curtailed,” said the minister mentioning that they are discussing the issue.

Mentioning that around six lakh female workers are now abroad and around 2.70lakh of them are in Saudi Arabia alone, Dr Momen said, “Most of the complaints come from Saudi Arabia.”

Majority of the female workers now abroad are somehow managing well with a small percentage of them facing problems, he said.

On Tuesday, Jatiya Party and Gono Forum MPs in parliament demanded to stop sending female manpower to Saudi Arabia as they often face physical assault and harassment.

In reply, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmed said the government is very much worried about the matter.

During the question-answer session, Jatiya Party MPs Kazi Firoz Rashid and Mujibul Huq Chunnu, and Gono Forum MP Sultan Muhammed Mansur Ahmed raised the issue separately.

“We have taken various measures to send female workers after giving them training. If the efforts seem fruitless and completely impossible we will then decide not to send them [to KSA],” the minister said.