Day care facilities at garment factories in Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, female factory workers don’t have access to day care facilities for their small children. A NICHE project, launched in 2016, aims to solve that issue.
In Bangladesh, 80% of the 4 million workers in the ready-made garments (RMG) industry are women. Although the 1965 Factory Act states that companies employing 50 or more women must provide day care facilities, in practice such facilities are often not available.
This means that small children have to be left at home, in the care of older daughters. This solution has a negative impact on young girls’ education and childhood development.
Partnership to create day care facilities
A new partnership between BRAC Institute of Educational Development (BIED), BRAC University, Phulki Bangladesh, the University of Amsterdam, Nyenrode Business University and MDF Training & Consultancy aims to tackle this issue.
Their joint project, which was launched in 2016, with funding under the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity development in Higher Education (NICHE), supports BIED and Phulki Bangladesh in training and raising awareness among female caregivers, entrepreneurs and private sector stakeholders to ensure that, by the end of 2019, factories will be in a position to offer day care facilities.
Once in place, these facilities will help increase the employability of Bangladeshi women, ensure their right to day care for their children and increase the compliance level in the RMG sector.