Speakers at a programme said that maternity leave needs to be introduced in the garment sector as early as possible for at least four months in order to ensure female healthcare rights.
They called upon the factory owners to take measures to this end, as pregnant women are entitled to it.
They made the remarks at a seminar titled “Recognizing best practices: One year celebration of inclusive business model”, organised by SNV Netherland Development Organisation Bangladesh at a city hotel on Thursday.
Jason Belanger, Country Director of SNV Netherland Development Organisation Bangladesh, chaired the event where State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Begum Meher Afroze Chumki was present as the chief guest while Miah Abdullah Mamun, additional secretary of labour and employment ministry, Faruque Hassan, senior vice-president of BGMEA and Leoni Margaretha Cuelenaere, ambassador of embassy of the kingdom of the Netherlands, was present.
In her speech, Meher Afroze Chumki said that the government is working tirelessly to raise the health standards of women and children.
“This event will also play a major role in sensitizing a large segment of our population to the important role of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR),” she added.
She suggested that a factory should have a day care center and a breastfeeding corner for female workers so that they can nurture their children.
Speaking on the occasion, Faruque Hassan said that the RMG sector in Bangladesh contributes significantly to the country’s economy.
“There are 4,000 factories in the country with four million workers. In fact Bangladesh’s RMG industry is the largest source of employment for disadvantaged and rural women aged 14-35,” he added.
Leoni Margaretha Cuelenaere said the project with SNV is mainly intended to create an environment where garment businesses can be developed gradually.