2nd Worker Workshop

The second batch workshop was held on February 10, 2023 at Mamatapalli, Gazipur, with additional 25 garment workers from five manufacturers. The session was also attended by Dr. Saika Nizam, student and research fellow Sarmin Sultana and 5 other Research Assistants. The goal was to get more follow-up images of worker well-being in the workplaces.

BASCAP's goal is to undertake a participative needs assessment. The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of garment workers. We hope to comprehend garment workers' needs, priorities, living status, ups and downs by adopting participatory needs assessment study. Rather of concentrating exclusively on their opinions about work (life), we want to know what is going on within the participating garment workers. We may utilize this information to analyse and comprehend what is significant in their everyday lives.

The aim was to get more follow up photos regarding the worker wellbeing within the factories.

After exercise 1, participants move back to the presentation area of the conference room. After a few time, Dr. Saika began the presentation, the participants showed comfortableness and eagerness and wanted to express themselves willingly. Julie saw a man with a saxophone, they saw a man with fruit in his hand.

Description & Thoughts Photo Shuffles Rounds:
After seeing 10 photos, participants were asked to write down: which one they liked best, what was in the photo and what the photo made them feel. RAs helped those who couldn't write.
Many different photos were selected, but the tendency is to pick pictures that awaken deep feelings, nostalgia, sorrows, happiness. For example, a picture of a cake reminded one participant of "Party time with loved ones", a picture of dad reminded of childhood. Picture of a garment worker reminded of missed colleagues.
There were two rounds of photo shuffle. In the first round, many copied each other. Second round they were more confident to pick their own favorite photo and share more personal stories.

Description & Thoughts On Exercise 3.1: BASCAP Photos:
The participants described factually what was in the pictures from the BASCAP team. “Part, boy, crocodile”. Only when they saw the descriptions made from the photographer were the photos “brought to live” because emotions and context were added.


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