Workshop on Gender, water and Empowerment among Readymade Garment Workers of Bangladesh was held in Dhaka.

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Krishibid Din Mohammed Dinu,
Workshop on  Gender, water and Empowerment among Readymade Garment Workers of Bangladesh was held  at Professor Muzaffar Ahmed Chowdhury Auditorium, Dhaka University in Dhaka Bangladesh on 29  July 2019. Coventry University, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Dhaka University,University of Oxford, and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) were jointly organized the Ceremony and funded by the UK Department of International Development as part of the REACH – Improving Water Security for the Poor Programme, led by Oxford University.
The honourable Deputy Minister, Ministry of Water resources AKM Enamul Hoque Shameem MP  was present as chief guest and BAU Emeritus  Professor Dr. M.A. Sattar Mandal, Dean of Faculty of Social Science of  Dhaka University, Professor Dr. Sadeka Halim,DG of Bangladesh water Development Board Engr.Md. Mahfuzur Rahman and Dr. Deepa Joshi of Coventry University were addressed the ceremony as Special Guests.
 Dhaka University Professor Dr.AI Mahbub uddin Ahmed  presided over the workshop . Welcome address, issues and objectives was delivered by Professor Dr. Sadika Haque of  BAU and Discussion of the research was delivered by Dr. Golam Moazzem, Research Director of  CPD . Dr Samina Luthfa of  Dhaka University was talked on Key findings by  showing video .
Dr. Fouzia Mannan of East West University, Rokeya Ahmed of World Bank, Mohammad Monirul Alam of UNICEF , Md. Zafrul Hasan (BILS), Nazma Akter of Labour leader, Dr Nilufa Islam of Water Partnership  were present Panel Discussion session.
The workshop  remarks Readymade Garments (RMG) sector has brought a revolutionary change in the life of poor rural people and provided them opportunity to join in the industrial sector. At least 3 million women has joined in the sector. It is frequently claimed that RMG sector has given them voice and freedom over their life.
This discussion outcome This study is an attempt to find how empowered the female RMG workers are at their existence, keeping water as a lens. They added In this study, we have found that RMG workers have no control over their own lives, rather controlled by so many factors and people. They are entirely responsible for meeting all the domestic workload what they need to meet for survival. There is no way to escape but taking the double responsibility. It is entirely a patriarchal place indeed. Women who are working 12 hours a day outside the house and yet they come back to a setting where they are entirely responsible for cooking, cleaning, washing – have to manage water and all water-related activities. The women maintain serial even for using toilet in their everyday life even share with men in inhuman way. They have no say on the quantity or quality of water infrastructure or other services, in a context where they are not present there for 12 hours.
Workers have nothing to do though they receive below standard facilities regarding water and other facilities. They have no dignity at office or at home and they have very low opportunity to choice their facilities.

In the workshop recommended City corporations/ local governments may arrange separate housing policy for the labourers residing in industrial zones. The community-owned submersible pumps may be introduced to reduce the pressure of labours. Different policies could be taken to house rent system. To do this, awareness programs may be introduced for the house owners. Examples could be followed from different industrial countries. Education is the key to be civilized and humanity.
Educationist , government planners, Researchers , teachers, students, invited guests were participants of the discussion session.