Migrant Workers

Sadaf Siddiqi on Rana Plaza

02 February 2015

By Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor, Global Issues, IHRB

Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi is a director at Sidko Limited, a Bangladeshi garment exporter. She is also one of Bangladesh's leading poets in English. Her recent publication, Sari Reams, offers a poignant glimpse of Bangladesh's life, covering a range of topics.

She is also actively involved with Nari Pokkho, an women's activist organisation that works on combating violence against women, and recently is involved with rehabilitation of rape survivors from the 1971 war.

IHRB's Salil Tripathi met Sadaf at the Jaipur Literature Festival in late January, where they spoke of the Rana Plaza tragedy and its aftermath. She pointed out how Bangladeshi garment sector is working hard to improve standards and emphasised the need for major brands to squeeze the suppliers less, if they wanted standards to improve. She also stressed how Bangladeshi workers were united with the industry to ensure that the industry thrives, and highlighted one of the main gains of Bangladesh's garment export boom - the empowerment of women.

Download Filetype: MP3 - Size: 8.32MB - Duration: 9:04 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)

Latest IHRB Publications

Responsible Recruitment - Turning Principles into Practice

Today an estimated 21 million individuals still face conditions of what the United Nations refers to as ‘modern’ forms of slavery. Of that number, 14 million individuals are victims of labour exploitation specifically.

Such violations of...

Beyond a Simple Trading of Powers: An Alternative Future for the Global Mining Industry?

Observers of the mining industry, including those who are watching from the inside, have witnessed a growing demand for governments to safeguard people and the environment, and for business leaders to take greater responsibility in the prevention...

Caveat Emptor – Why Companies Should Avoid Tendering for Offshore Refugee Processing

In a remote corner of the Pacific Ocean, the Australian government has created an island of despair, where refugees fleeing persecution are trapped and live in appalling conditions, while companies are awarded lucrative contracts to manage their...