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Govt urged to stop sending maids to KSA

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UNB, Dhaka :
Speakers at a programme on Monday urged the government to stop sending country's women to Saudi Arabia as housemaids and also take steps for immediate returns of the female workers who are already being treated inhumanly by their employers there.
They made the call at an event on 'Emergency Support and Reintegration Programme for Vulnerable Returnee' held at the BRAC Centre in the city under the joint aegis of BRAC and Leathergoods and Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters of Bangladesh (LFMEAB).
KAM Morshed, Director of Advocacy for Social Change, Technology and  
Partnership Strengthening Unit of BRAC, said, what happened to the Bangladeshi female workers in Saudi Arabia is not a simple matter.
These expatriate workers send their hard earned money to Bangladesh and contribute in the economy. It is the duty of the country to ensure their security, so that no more such incident happen in future, he added.
LFMEAB President Md Saiful Islam said, the women of the country must not go to Saudi Arabia to work as a housemaid; rather they should be employed with dignity in their own country. He also called on the factory owners to employ the 4000 returnees, who survived physical and psychological tortures in Saudi Arabia, in their factories with proper dignity to support them to get back into a normal life.
Md Shariful Islam, Programme Head of BRAC Migration Programme, said, when the migrants send home remittances, authorities appreciate them, But, when they return home with trauma, nobody is there to support them.
"The returnees need emergency support and long term social and economic reintegration as even upon their return many of them are denied acceptance from their families", he added.
He also said, that BRAC has taken the initiative to rescue 125 workers from Saudi Arabia among which 90 workers have returned back to Bangladesh.
Speaking as the chief guest, Kazi Riazul Haque, Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) stressed on building up skilled manpower and urged the government to ensure security and protection for the expatriate workers of Bangladesh in Saudi Arabia.

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