Gender Equality

In Bangladesh the women’s participation in the labour force is covering behind that of men, but more and more women are now entering the labour force. Gender relations in Bangladesh have been undergoing a process of considerable transformation over the last two decades as part of broader process of economic transition and social change. However, the women often work at the lowest level of the jobs hierarchy in low pay, low status jobs with little employment security. The majority of women workers are engaged in the informal economy where the application of social protection and legislation is negligent. Serious gender-based inequalities continued to prevail in the labour market, as well as violence and sexual harassment against women. Equal opportunities for women existed neither in employment nor in education nor in vocational training. In addition, women continue to be mainly responsible for household duties and family care which add many hours every day to their workload despite their increasing role in earning money. It is important for men and women to work together to promote gender equality at work and at home, and to address social and cultural traditions regarding the role of women in society and resulting occupational segregation, in order to promote gender equality in practice. BLF has taken different activities and initiatives in respect to ensure gender equality and increase women participation, eliminate violence against women, protecting rights of female migrant workers

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