Child Rights in Bangladesh 


Bangladesh is one of the world’s largest garment exporters, with the ready-made garment (RMG) sector accounting for 84 percent of Bangladesh’s exports and employing approximately four million garment workers, mostly women. Although progress has been made in addressing working conditions, significant challenges and risks related to child rights remain. These challenges are being aggravated by the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a significant impact on the sector, with thousands of workers having lost their jobs or facing income insecurity. 


Child labour is also still a big issue in Bangladesh, and has worsened due to the pandemic. Almost 1.2 million children aged between 5 and 14 are believed to be engaged in the workforce according to the ILO. Job loss of family members, low wages and growing poverty are some of the driving factors of child labour in Bangladesh. The Centre has been working in Bangladesh’s RMG sector since 2017 to support factories in establishing family-friendly workplaces. Our assessments have found that more action is needed to ensure adequate employer-supported childcare, maternity protection and support, young worker protection, stronger health and safety measures, among other areas.

Supporting You in Bangladesh 


The Centre has staff in Bangladesh and works with a network of consultants located in Dhaka and Chittagong. We have been working in Bangladesh’s RMG sector since 2017 to support factories in establishing family-friendly workplaces and also to prevent and remediate child labour cases. Our child rights risks assessments in Bangladesh show that more action is needed to ensure adequate employer-supported childcare, maternity protection and support, young worker protection, stronger health and safety measures, among other areas. All of the services that The centre offers are available in Bangladesh. 


Browse Our Work in Bangladesh

Press Release | The Centre Collaborates with BGMEA for New Youth Programme to Create Decent Work for Young Workers in Bangladesh’s RMG Industry
22/09/2022 | News
Press Release | The Centre Collaborates with BGMEA for New Youth Programme to Create Decent Work for Young Workers in Bangladesh’s RMG Industry
The Centre’s Youth Development Programme offers opportunities to increase support for BGMEA members to help youth looking for decent work in their supply chains.
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Achieving New Milestones with WeCare and WeCare Plus in 2022
28/03/2022 | Project updates
Achieving New Milestones with WeCare and WeCare Plus in 2022
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2021 WeCare Family Friendly Workplaces Programme Positively Impacted Businesses, Workers and Children
04/11/2021 | News
2021 WeCare Family Friendly Workplaces Programme Positively Impacted Businesses, Workers and Children
Results from our 2021 WeCare and Child Friendly Spaces programme show significant benefits for all stakeholders involved, including businesses. Please contact us to discuss joining the 2022 programme.
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Training Underway to Further Expand Global Child Labour Remediation Services
27/09/2021 | News
Training Underway to Further Expand Global Child Labour Remediation Services
The Centre is training additional child labour remediation case managers to offer our child Labour remediation services in additional countries and sectors.
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Child Labour Remediation Service Now Available in Ten Major Sourcing Countries, Including India
29/07/2021 | News
Child Labour Remediation Service Now Available in Ten Major Sourcing Countries, Including India
The Centre is expanding our child labour remediation service to cover more countries.
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Statement from The Centre on Fatal Factory Fire in Rupganj, Bangladesh
14/07/2021 | News
Statement from The Centre on Fatal Factory Fire in Rupganj, Bangladesh
At least 52 have been killed in this tragic fire, with children as young as 11 years old among the victims, This tragedy must prompt more urgent action to prevent child labour and address critical safety risks at workplaces worldwide.
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Where are They Now? A Video Update from Two Children Who Took Part in The Centre's Child Labour Remediation Programme
10/06/2021 | Stories
Where are They Now? A Video Update from Two Children Who Took Part in The Centre's Child Labour Remediation Programme
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The Centre Launches New Website
04/06/2021 | News
The Centre Launches New Website
We’re thrilled to have launched a new website. Highlights include project maps, stories, country pages, new service descriptions and more.
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The Centre Discussed Decent Work Opportunities for Young Workers at the 2021 UN RBHR Forum
02/06/2021 | Events
The Centre Discussed Decent Work Opportunities for Young Workers at the 2021 UN RBHR Forum
The Centre spoke about child rights and young workers at the UN RBHR Forum on June 2, and invited a young Vietnamese worker to share her story.
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