BKMEA and Nutrition International launch campaign for women workers
The launching program was held at hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon in Dhaka. Abu Sayeed Al Mahmood Swapon, MP, Honorable Whip, Bangladesh Parliament was present as the chief guest on this program.
The program was chaired by Fazlee Shamim Ehsan, vice President of BKMEA.
High Commissioner of Canada to Bangladesh, Benoit Préfontaine, additional secretary of the ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Habibur Rahman Khan, Dr. Shah Nawaz, DG, Bangladesh National Nutrition Council (BNNC), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Vice president of NI, Brian Harrigan, ILO Country Director Tuomo Poutiainen, NI country director Zaki Hasan, vice president (Finance) BKMEA, Homaun Kabir Khan Shilpi and other directors of BKMEA also presented on that program.
Chief guest Abu Sayeed Al Mahmood Swapon, Whip, Bangladesh Parliament and organizing secretary of central excutive committee, Bangladesh Awami League mentioned that due to malnutrition and low access to resource and information majority of women worker can’t continue working in their productive age when they have gained more skill. As a result RMG sector loses the skilled workers.
Chair of this launching program Fazlee shamim Ehsan said, to sustain as a middle income country as well as to maintain the overall socio economic development, it is highly important to have a healthy and productive working force which may increase the number of production. He thanked global affairs Canada, Canadian High commission, ILO, and ministry of health and family welfare for introducing this welfare project at largest working area of female workers on knitwear sector to have a healthy and productive working force.
Nutrition international has been working closely with the government of Bangladesh for over 20 years.
“We are proud of the progress we have made putting an end to malnutrition. through NOWW we will continue this work with a special focus on working women,” said vice president of NI, Brian Harrigan.
The MoU aims to prepare 20 master trainers who will train other trainers to supply iron & folic acid tablets among the female workers in knit factories. This initiative will demonstrate a delivery mechanism of weekly Iron & Folic Acid (WIFA) supplementation and provide nutrition education session for male & female workers.