The earnings of Bangladesh’s female migrant workers account for roughly 13 per cent of its GDP, yet many face exploitation, violence and hardship largely alone.
Pakhi Begum left Bangladesh for Dubai to work as a maid, only to find that her recruiter had sold her into domestic servitude. After months of hard labour and abuse she fell ill and was sent back to Bangladesh without being paid.
UN Women is working to protect the rights of women migrant workers in Bangladesh since 2005, partnering with government ministries. When the government established the country's first resource centre for migrant workers in 2009, UN Women ensured that it would provide women like Pakhi with easier access to information about safe migration. Click here for more photos.
Photo credit: UN Women/Anindit Roy-Chowdhury