Society for Participatory Education and Development (SPED)

Garment’s Human Resource Development Center (GHRDC)

SPED has started `Garments’ Human Resource Center (GHRDC)’ from November 2016 at House# 53/6, Block-`E’, Tan Genda (Near to Tara Mosque), Savar, Dhaka-1340. The facilities of GHRDC are Accommodation with Food, Capacity building (Training on Garments related), Daycare Center for Garments Woman & Youth workers and Non-residential venue facilities of Training/ Seminar/ Meeting etc.

Background: The garment sector is the largest employer of women in Bangladesh. The garment sector has provided employment opportunities to women from the rural areas that previously did not have any opportunity to be part of the formal workforce. This has given women the chance to be financially independent and has a voice in the family because now they contribute financially. In 2006, the industry provided jobs for 4.5 million people, 80% of whom were women. As most of the garment workers come of the poor family and comes from the remote areas and they have to attend to the duties on time, these workers have to hire a room near the factory where four to five huddle in a room and spend life in sub-human condition. For four to five workers there is one common latrine and a kitchen for which they have to pay from Tk=2000 to Tk=2500/-.They share this amount among themselves to minimize the accommodation expense. One cannot believe their eyes in what horrible condition they have to pass out their time after an almost whole day of hard work in the factory. After laborious job they come into their roost, cook their food and have their dinner or lunch in unhygienic floor or bed and sleep where they take their food. They share the single bed or sleep on the floor. SPED is thinking of garments workers of their better living by providing better accommodation for these workers in addition to providing with the job.

The garment workers come from a village that’s why they don’t have any house their own in the city. They live in a slum or sometimes they live in a hostel, especially who don’t have any relatives in the city. In the hostel one girl shares her room with other two or three girls. There is two or three bed inside the hostel room. Those beds make the room congested. But still they have to stay here because they don’t have any other option for staying. The garment worker who stay in the hostel actually they prefer hostel because of safety. There is no alternative to training to any types of work in order to train up the worker to fit in the job for which he/she has been employed. Most of the garment workers who work in many factories are not that skilled to do the job as required by the management; as a result, in most cases the product produced are of inferior quality. Although there is the demand for our garment products in the world, the demand would have been much higher if our products are produced with precision. Garment workers are work very hard. They work for a long time. 90% of garment workers are women so they don’t get the chance of going market or Movie Theater to watch their favorite movie for their entertainment after their work or at night. Because it is not safe for women that she go to market or Movie Theater alone at night. And of course after a long time work, they get tired so they don’t have that energy to go anywhere for their entertainment. The garment workers actually not only the garment workers the village people love to watch Bangla movies. But they don’t to watch television or enjoy entertainment after finished their duties. On the other hand, most of the female workers (over 85% female workers) suffer from malnutrition, ill health, reproductive health problem and various community diseases, which they cannot address with low income. They don’t take medicine in a proper way want of doctor’s healthy prescriptions.

Who is eligible boarder for GHRDC: There are involved with GHRDC mainly the Garment workers especially unmarried Girls and deprived single married women ((divorced/separation) with her child whose have come from the village and living in their working places area. There are about 70/80 workers are taking care under GHRDC.

Objectives:

  • To create daycare center & Education support of Garments worker’s children
  • To create awareness through training and sharing session on Reproductive Health, Health, Education, Communication, Nutrition, Behavior, hygiene etc.
  • To ensure nutrition food and hygienic & safety accommodation
  • To ensure Training for Capacity building of Garments workers
  • To create regular need base services like-Groceries, Laundry, Beauty parlor, Dress sewing etc.
  • To create another income generating source of SPED through Social Business

Activities:

  • Established Day care Center cum Education of workers’ Children
  • Training for Capacity building and Conducted awareness session on Health, Education, Reproductive health, rights etc.
  • Training for Capacity building of Garments worker
  • It will be inaugurated by the Parliament member
  • Link with Lokokendras; RRTC and Govt. like UNO, Social welfare, Women affairs ; Donor agency; Corporate; Ministry Labor and Employment