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8 May, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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22pc RMG workers face sexual harassment at workplace: Study

UNB, Dhaka

An estimated 22.4 per cent female readymade garment (RMG) workers face sexual harassment at factories, a study by Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) finds. MJF Executive Director Shaheen Anam said the study was conducted at 22 factories in Dhaka and Chattogram between March and May last year. Speaking as the chief guest at the event held at the Jatiya Press Club, Shirin Akther, MP said girls are victims of sexual harassment at education institutions, too.

She urged the authorities concerned to be more conscious in this regard. President of Karmajibi Nari Dr Pratima Paul Majumder said awareness is the most important tool to curb sexual violence at education institutions and the workplace.

“The rate of sexual harassment will go down when there'll be a good relationship between the workers and factory owners,” she said. The study identified a culture of impunity, inaction and nonchalant attitude of authorities towards sexual harassment as some of the key reasons for this workplace menace. The majority of male and female respondents said women fall victims to sexual harassment as they are weak and do not protest. But 21 per cent male and seven per cent female respondents were of the opinion that women become victims to sexual harassment because of their dresses.

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