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In the world of increasing interconnectivity and expanding globalization, migration as a phenomenon has intertwined countries, cultures and people. International migration enables migrants to pursue better livelihoods and also benefitted countries and States. However, while migration is a crucial factor there are many challenges that a migrant worker faces during the migration cycle and their vulnerabilities start initially during recruitment phase. Starting from high recruitment fees, cost of migration to confiscation of documents, contract substitution by companies, lack of proper orientation in country of origin and country of destination, lack of access to justice, poor working conditions, and forced labour are only some of the challenges that are faced by a migrant worker.
Keeping in mind of the challenges that the migrant workers face many countries have come with the Modern Slaver Act, such as USA’s SB 657 California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (2012), UK Modern Slavery Act (2015), France’s Loi de vigilance (2017), Australian Modern Slavery Act (2019), Canadian Modern Slavery Act (Upcoming).
The implications of these acts on businesses are that the companies/brands/manufacturers need to revisit their human rights and purchasing policies and code of conduct, identification of risk of human trafficking and slavery in their global supply chains, engage with direct suppliers to ensure that products are not made under such circumstances that there are risks of modern slavery indicators prevalent.
In order to discuss and to create awareness about the implications of the Modern Slavery Acts on the countries of origin and countries of destination and possible solutions to eliminate Modern Slavery risks from supply chains, IOM Bangladesh is organizing a Television Talk Show on “Eliminate Modern Slavery through Responsible Recruitment – Private Sector Roles and Responsibilities”
OBJECTIVES AND OUTCOMES
The broad objective of this talk show is to create awareness and sensitization of a larger community both nationally and internationally on the risks of modern slavery, its indicators, challenges and vulnerabilities that migrant workers face starting from recruitment stage up to her/his return. It will further discuss how Ethical Recruitment can be a solution to many of the challenge. The discussion will be followed by possible recommendations and solutions from the relevant stakeholders within the migration cycle.
Government, private sector, national and multinational companies, CSO’s, Development Partners etc.
The Talkshow is an activity of the Corporate Responsibility in Eliminating Slavery and Trafficking (CREST) Fashion project funded by C&A Foundation.
9:00 am – 10:00 am
News and Live Show (in English)
- Dr. Ahmed Munirus Saleheen
- Giorgi Gigouri, Chief of Mission, IOM Bangladesh
10:30 AM - 11:00AM
News and Live Bangla Show
- Mr. Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman, Secretary General, BAIRA
- Nirvana Mujtaba, National Programme Officer, Migration and Development Division, IOM Bangladesh
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
News Bulletin: News and Live Comment
-Asif Munir, Migration Expert
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
News Bulletin : News and Live Comment
-Neill Wilkins, Head of Migrant Workers Programme, Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB)
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
News Bulletin: News and Live Comment
Asif Munir, Migration Expert
News Bulletin: News and Live Comment
Sajjad Ahmed, National Programme Officer, IOM Bangladesh
Dr Ahmed Munirus SaleheenAdditional Secretary | Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment
Dr. Ahmed Munirus Saleheen is the Additional Secretary of Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment.
Mr Giorgi GigauriChief of Mission | IOM Bangladesh
Mr. Giorgi Gigauri is serving as the Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Bangladesh since May 2018. He is the Co-Chair of the Strategic Executive Group of the Rohingya refugee response and the Coordinator of the UN Migration Network in Bangladesh. Prior to his current appointment he served as the IOM Chief of Mission in Papua New Guinea and Deputy Chief of Mission at Indonesia. He has been with IOM for over 16 years. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford.
Mr Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury NomanGeneral Secretary | Association of International Recruiting Agency (BAIRA)
Mr. Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman is the General Secretary of Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agency (BAIRA). He also served as a Joint Secretary General and Executive Committee Member of BAIRA respectively in 2016-2018 and 2012-2014 sessions. He also owns a recruitment agency, Sadia International, since 1995. His educational background is on business management and administration.
Ms Nirvana MujtabaProgramme Officer | IOM Bangladesh
Ms. Nirvana Mujtaba has been working with IOM Bangladesh as National Programme Officer, Migration and Development Division since 2018. She looks after private sector engagement portfolio in Bangladesh. She is also the focal for CREST initiative in Bangladesh. Nirvana has over 12 years of experience in working with private sector engagement projects at IFC, CARE Bangladesh, GAIN. She was also a lecturer at BRAC University.
Mr Asif MunierMigration Expert |
Asif Munier is a development professional, theatre activist, rights activist and an activist for ensuring a secular Bangladesh. He has more than 26 years of work experience with national-international NGOs and UN Agencies in Bangladesh. Since 2016 he has been working as a freelance consultant for project development and assessment on human mobility to and from Bangladesh. He is also a media commenter on issues related to labour migration. He acquired his MA from University of Dhaka in 1992 and Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK in 2012.
Mr Neill WilkinsHead of Migrant Workers Programme | Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB)
Neill manages all aspects of the IHRB Migrant Workers programme. Neill also manages IHRB engagement with the modern slavery agenda and speaks regularly at events focused on forced labour, trafficking and transparency legislation. He helped oversee the development of the Dhaka Principles for Migration With Dignity.
Ms Tara DermottHead of IOM Hong Kong SAR Sub-office | IOM Hong Kong SAR, China
Tara Dermott is the Head of the IOM Hong Kong, SAR, China Sub-office where she leads a dynamic team committed to supporting diverse migrant populations and the communities they live in. As a strategic and experienced leader, Tara works with governments, civil society and industry leaders to collaboratively design and deliver innovative programs to prevent human trafficking, modern slavery and forced labour. Her work is grounded in over 15 years of technical experience and fueled by a passion for identifying and sustaining people-centered solutions.
Mr Sajjad AhmedNational Programme Officer | IOM Bangladesh
Sajjad Ahmed is working with IOM Bangladesh as National Programme Officer in Migration and Development Division since 2017. He manages skills development and ethical recruitment portfolio of IOM Bangladesh mission. Sajjad has over 11 years of experience of working in different UN agencies and international organizations as development practitioner. He holds Master’s Degree in Development Studies and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from BRAC University.