Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Asian University for Women (AUW) have entered into a new partnership to pave the way for women garment workers in Bangladesh to fulfill their dreams of higher education. BGMEA and AUW will support the development of education, leadership capacity and empowerment of women workers in Bangladesh’s garment sector.
On Sunday BGMEA President Faruque Hassan and Vice Chancellor of Asian University for Women (AUW) Dr. Rubana Huq signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on behalf of their respective organizations at a hotel in Chattogram.
The purpose of this MoU is to create opportunities for more women workers from garment factories in Bangladesh to get higher education at the Asian University for Women free of charge with the cooperation of their respective employers.
Under the MoU, BGMEA and AUW will work together to enroll 500 eligible women garment workers in Bangladesh into the Asian University for Women’s five-year education program ‘Pathways for Promise’.
Faruque Hassan said, “Garment industry is not only the largest export sector. Rather, the industry is changing the lives of millions, fulfilling their dreams. This ‘Pathways for Promise’ program is an excellent example of how the garment industry is fulfilling the dreams of women workers, how it is contributing to their status in the family and society through education and employment.”
He also said, “I believe, by signing the MoU today, we are taking the partnership between Asian University for Women and BGMEA to another level. In this case, we will be able to contribute more.”
Already more than 90 women garment workers are studying at AUW. During the study years, the concerned factory authorities are paying regular salary to these women garment workers, so that their families do not face any problem.
Under the ‘Pathways for Promise’ program, Asian University for Women provides each Pathways Scholar with a financial assistance package throughout the duration of their participation in the program, covering all expenses for room, board, tuition, books, basic healthcare and other basic needs.
From BGMEA, First Vice President Syed Nazrul Islam, Vice President Shahidullah Azim, Director Asif Ashraf, Director Md. Mohiuddin Rubel, Director M Ahsanul Hoq and Chairman BGMEA Standing Committee on UD-Oven and Knit Md. Nurul Islam were also present at the MoU signing ceremony.
On the other hand, AUW founder Kamal Ahmed, Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dr. Beena Khurana, Board of Trustees member Catherine Watters Sasanuma, AUW Support Foundation board member Kathy Matsui and Acting Dean for Students Sumon Chatterjee were present on behalf of AUW.