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Mothers@Work to uphold maternity rights & breastfeeding support for working women

Nashrat Arshiana Chowdhury
UNICEF in joint collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh today launched a national initiative titled “Mothers@Work”. It aims at supporting maternity rights and promoting breastfeeding at workplaces for the growing number of female workers in the industrial sector, especially in the country’s readymade garments (RMG) sector, which has the largest concentration of female workers.
“The Ministry of Labour and Employment fully recognises that a strong, healthy and well cared for labour force is essential for the continued economic growth and success of the country. Investments made in improving the lives of working class families through medical care, paid maternity leave as well as time and privacy for breastfeeding can encourage women to return to work and also give their babies the best start in life. Breastfeeding, as my colleagues in the Health Ministry and Family Welfare (MoHFW) refers, is best for all babies, not only for their physical growth but also for their mental development. If our workers have to continue to compete in the global market, we as business leaders must invest in our current workers as well as in the new generation. This programme that is implemented in partnership with the MoHFW is very well placed to do that and has my full support,” said Md. Mujibul Haque, Minister of Labour and Employment.
The first of its kind in Bangladesh, Mothers@Work initiative is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Labour and Employment, as well as with private and civil society stakeholders to ensure maternity protection at workplace. In addition, this initiative will preserve the health of mothers and newborn and at the same time provide employment security for working women and their families.

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