Speakers at a meeting yesterday emphasised creating awareness among the house owners to ensure security and improve the lives of female domestic helps.
The view exchange meeting on “Safer life for girl domestic workers project” was organised by Young Power in Social Action (YPSA), a non-government organisation (NGO), at its head office at Chandgaon in the port city.
A survey conducted on the female domestic helps of the city's Mehedibag and Bakalia areas found that the workers, mostly hailed from Banskhali and Mirasarai upazilas of Chittagong, came to this profession as a result of poverty, absence of parents or family break-up, said YPSA Project Manager Yasmin Akter.
YPSA set up several training centres to provide education and training among the domestic helps to make them skilled and improve their manners.
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Ward Councillor Mohammad Gias Uddin said torture on the domestic helps could be reduced through such awareness.
YPSA Director (Finance) Polash Chowdhury moderated the meeting while its Director Morshed Chowdhury and Associate Programme Officer Nur Mohammad, and Female Ward Councillor Anjuman Ara Begum spoke among others.