BNSK seeks to ascertain the dignity of the women at work and to have society recognize the contribution of the women to the quality of life of individuals and to the economy of the country.
BNSK adopts a rights-based approach when working with women workers. We believe that the empowerment of the women is of utmost importance to help bring about dignity of work and to advocate policies that will provide social security. To this end, women workers in the different parts of Bangladesh are organized into groups and a strong solidarity is created, where, together, the women can stand up for justice, rights and self reliance.
Regular meetings and training sessions are conducted to help build the confidence of the women not only in the work but also in them. Leaders are drawn out from these groups to help carry the work of Advocacy movement deeper into their areas, further organizing women of the trade. The collaboration is effective when demands for women workers’ legislations and social security/welfare schemes have to be made before the governments (both local and central). The women are also equipped to handle civic and social issues that arise in their communities. The solidarity is especially a great strength in times of abuse and threat. Domestic workers have also helped in several crisis interventions of fellow workers (rescue, rehabilitation and re-patriation).
Along the journey of Advocacy Movement, other issues and concerns has offshoot from the work for rights of domestic work. These included:
– Trafficking for forced labour and domestic work
– Children in domestic work and the Worst forms of child labour
– Globalisation and its effect on Women Workers
– Human rights and domestic work
BNSK condemns trafficking for domestic work. Trafficking rural and tribal children, young girls and women is rampant in the poorer districts of Bangladesh. BNSK establishes its presence in these areas (referred to as the source areas) and network with different counterparts in the urban areas, overseas (destination urban and offshore) where the women are taken. BNSK develops network with Counter trafficking Committees (CTC) at union, upazila and district level and establishes strong ties with police force to monitor the activities of menacing trafficking agents and to check the movement of the potential women workers.
After years of creating awareness about children in domestic work, Bangladesh government has amended the Children’s Act on Child Labour to include children in domestic work. However, active campaigns still continue to enforce the law as children are still victims of trafficking for forced labour and domestic work and are invisible—hidden behind the closed doors of the households.
When no Labor laws cover Domestic Workers and they are not recognized as workers, they do not enjoy legal protection, rights and dignity. Hence domestic work is reduced to nothing but a contemporary form of slavery. The United Nations and the International Labour Organisation have endorsed this issue as a concern for action. BNSK links with different national and regional rights based organizations, collaborations, allies and networks Together we share our experiences and collaborate in joint efforts towards establishing a decent work environment and recognition of labour for all women workers.