Enhancing Income, Empowerment and Opportunities of Domestic Workers Bangladesh

Having no other alternative livelihood options to the migrated rural poor women living in slum and looking to informal works and eventually employed as housemaid. The housemaid are playing vital role in household chores of the Employers. In practice, the Female Domestic workers (FDWs) are deprived by wage, working hour, weekly/yearly leave, medical facilities, recreation, security and safety and education facilities even though they are also in threat of unemployment. A number of domestic workers do not find jobs according to their skills. On the other hand there are some skilled domestic workers who are continuing their profession as a domestic worker with unsatisfactory wages. They are often victim of abusive behavior, physical torture and sexual harassment by the employers even to some extent they are wounded or murdered. FDWs have no scope to make complain against this injustice. There are no remarkable initiative has under taken to protect their rights and to protect them from sexual harassment and violence except a draft policy on Domestic Workers Protection and Welfare policy 2014 yet it is not finalized. Beside this, the work related to household services are not recognized as decent works therefore employees are not satisfied even they are getting satisfactory wages, that is why a strong campaign also require to explore the housemaid job as on the decent job in the informal service sector. Nari Maitree is implementing the project titled “Systemize Non formal services” at Mohammodpur, Jigatola and Dhanmondi of Dhaka City Corporation with the Financial Assistance from Oxfam Bangladesh from Dec2014 to June 2015. Nari Maitree is experienced that a large no of FDWs has expressed their interest and need to gain skill on different vocational trade and help them to be independent through developing enterprise. So, that they can enjoy their rights as human beings, safety and security and earn social recognition as a potential citizen of the country. So this project will be extended from July 2015 to June 2016.


By 2016 Establish a community based sustainable mechanism by 2016 to systematize the service of informal Workers

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Project Objective
  • Increased capacity of 300 non formal workers through skill training and awareness. and create opportunities to access different GO & NGO services By 2016.

  • Different stake holders are mobilized and sensitized towards non formal workers for establishing their rights and improve livelihood.

  • Increased Awareness among Employers and FDW regarding effective job placement through Bondhon Enterprise.

Target group

500 Female domestic workers.

Working Area

Dhanmondi, Jigatola, Mohammadpur and 6 Wards of Dhaka City Corporation: (14, 15, 29, 32, 33, 34)


  • Baseline survey.

  • Job Skill Development training on the different trades such as house governance, cook, child care etc.

  • Life Skills training.

  • Linkages development with legal and health support providing organization.

  • Influencing policy makers and implementers.

  • Influencing and closely working with trade unions and labour organizations.

  • Making dialogue with community people to make them active

  • Care work and gender training

  • Job placement and follow up support

  • Working with Domestic Workers Right Network (DWRN).

Advocacy Issue

Advocacy with government through network for converting the policy into law: The policy for the interest of the domestic workers yet to translate in to law. The project will carry out lobby with the “Domestic Workers Right Network” for enacting law.

Mollika: courage to start life over again

Mollika came from poor 11 member family in a small village of Rangpur and like many other village girl , she got married only at age of 12yearsWith tears filled eyes she said “I did not know what marriage was and even did not know the relationship nature with husband”.

Soon after marriage both of them moved to Dhaka city leaving behind their ancestral village and Mollika started working as domestic worker while her husband not having any job. Unfortunately her husband returned back to the village leaving her with children after 5 years of staying in Dhaka. At that time Molllika have only working with monthly income of BDT1500 as DW in house. But surprisingly her husbandcontinuing visiting Mollika in Dhaka for money from her but not supporting her rather physically tortured if she not able to provide money as per his demand. Mollika continue working in same house with her three children.

Amidst despair, she came in contact with Staff of this project and showed keen interest to enroll in skill training. She received training on indentified tradeswhere she learned how to use home appliances, improved cooking skill of delicious recipes and nice serving skill. She also attended life skill training that increased her confidence and capacity to interact with employer and changed greatly her understanding. Life skill training and company of other domestic workers during training sessions have changed her outlook to life. Threat of gender-based violence largely diminished and occupational training improved her income from BDT: 4000 to 5000 within six months. Now she saves small amount of money for future. She started enjoying her life with better income and began to dream to make a fresh start of life but how yet to figure out. Will it be with her present husband or with a new man with whom she has already made contact?