Bangladesh’s female motorbike mechanics: overcoming educational disadvantages and gender stereotypes
September 15, 2015
Millions of children in Bangladesh are denied a proper education, meaning many lack the literacy and numeracy skills for high paying jobs. Girls are additionally excluded from some lines of work because of their gender, and often denied the opportunity for economic participation.
However, an innovative partnership between the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Bangladeshi Government, and the European Union is working to overcome these disadvantages, and producing a new generation of skilled young women. This program is training girls to become motorcycle mechanics – a line of work which was previously not an option.
“When we first joined, people used to doubt if girls like us can do this,” said Khadija, a trainee in the program. Yet, because of their determination to learn and provide a good service, people have stopped doubting them.