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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Posted by Parveen Hassan
| 06:37
Justine Greening and Parveen Hassan 

Have we taken a back seat on what has occurred since the tragedy and collapse of the Rana Plaza in terms of prevention and safety for women working in Bangladesh's garment industry? DFID have recognised the part the UK can play to support Bangladeshi women and their economic empowerment through creativity whilst supporting their employment opportunities, and securing income for women working in the garment industry. 

Employment is a contributory factor which can prevent early marriage, addresses poverty and allows women the freedom to work with some independence. It seems the DFID have made progress and UK International Development ministers Alan Duncan and Justine Greening have retained relationships and ties with the leading manufacturers, addressing buyers with discussions on areas of accountability; on working, health and safety conditions. See the detailed DFID timeline, impressive it captures the main areas of activity made by DFID and ministers from round table meetings, factory based inspections, new projects and the Rana Plaza Trust Fund compensation recently announced.  

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/rana-plaza-one-year-on-uk-aid-to-improve-bangladeshs-garment-sector

https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/alan-duncan-visits-rana-plaza-survivors-in-bangladesh

It has been a year since the tragedy and as I recall the hardship, pain and endurance many families of love ones lost, I hope Bangladesh and the people affected can rebuild whilst supported by the DFID praiseworthy initiatives.