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Key Messages

  • Growth of the ready-made garment industry has provided the first mass formal employment for women in Bangladesh, and growth in the sector is expected to continue providing opportunities.

  • With economic diversification, growth in manufacturing industries, such as the leather sector (footwear) and other potential industries, including pharmaceutical or information technology, should provide additional employment for women.

  • Changes to attitudes and power relations are not something that can be achieved overnight. One of the great lessons of the economics of discrimination is that with the right economic incentives, the motivation for profit may accelerate changes of traditions.


Suggested Citation
Asian Development Bank. (2016). Women at work (ADB Brief No. 68). Mandaluyong City, Philippines: Author.

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