On 20 November, amfori organised a roundtable with business leaders, government officials and other stakeholders in Dhaka coinciding with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women this week.
Attendees examined some of the most pressing matters in Bangladesh:
- the minimum wage including the recent increase and measures to support its reinforcement going forward;
- progress towards a safe and healthy Ready-Made-Garment (RMG) industry and the future of the Accord;
- the Shobola project and its potentially transformational impact on the lives of women and communities across Bangladesh.
The Shobola Project, launched in September this year, will impact over 3,000 women through training that will improve their career prospects and make them aware of their legal rights. In January 2019, the project and participating businesses will reconvene in Dhaka to kick-off the roll-out in six Ready-Made Garment (RMG) factories, four in Dhaka and two in Chattagram.
Speaking at the meeting, Christian Ewert, President of amfori, said: “Gender equality can only be achieved by educating and empowering women inside and outside the workplace. It is the responsibility of government and business to ensure such progress.”
The Shobola project is an initiative of amfori, in partnership with CSR Centre and DBL Group. It’s part of amfori’s broader Women Empowerment Programme, which encompasses similar projects in China and India.
For more information, on this meeting please see our press coverage in The Daily Star.