Bangladesh

Breaking gender barriers in the World of Work

The 15 women featured in this book illustrate the boundaries that have broken down and the massive difference that a basic skills-training programme can make.

The National Skills Development Policy of 2011 recognized the low participation rate of women in skills development and the need to correct the gender imbalance in the formal training system. It proposed promoting women‘s inclusion in non-traditional training courses and the recruitment of female administrators and instructors wherever possible.
In 2014, the Canadian Government teamed up with the Government of Bangladesh and the ILO to fund the Bangladesh Skills for Employment and Productivity (B-SEP) Project and, through it, reach out to women of all ages – not just youth – and especially in remote and marginalized areas with skills training in non traditional (male-dominated) occupations, followed by assistance with finding jobs that rely on those skills. The training includes carpentry, furniture making, automobile mechanics, electronics, electrical trades, tour guiding, baking and food processing.