Volume 11, Number 2 (2018)

Revisiting Empowerment: Rising Female Unemployment in the Bangladesh Garment Sector

Shahidur Rahman

Economic exploitation faced by workers in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG) industry, in recent decades has provided millions of Bangladeshi women with opportunities for improved social status and reduced dependence on structures of patriarchy. In recent years, there has been a marked decline in both overall employment in Bangladesh’s RMG sector, as well as the rate of female participation in it. This paper examines the reasons for this recent contraction in the sector, and raises the issue of its present and future impact on the status of women in Bangladesh.

Key Words: Bangladesh, Ready-Made Garment Sector (RMG), Development, Gender, Women’s Rights