According to the ‘World Trade Report 2023' by the World Trade Organization (WTO), Bangladesh contributes 14 per cent of the global freelancing community. About 1 million male and female are involved in freelancing in the country.
According to the Report on Sample Vital Registration System (SVRS) 2022 of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), 40.67 per cent or 12.9 million youths aged between 15 and 24 years are inactive in Bangladesh. Among those, 18.59 per cent are male and 61.71 per cent are female, and they are not involved with studies or jobs or do not even receive any training.
There are currently 31.6 million people aged between 15 and 24, which is a little over 19 per cent of the total population, according to the Population and Housing Census 2022 of the BBS.
Economists and labour market experts said child marriage is one of the major reasons for girls to become inactive. Besides, both men and women have been increasingly inactive because of a lack of necessary skills, quality education and decent jobs, as well as social conditions.
This report appeared in the print and online editions of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten in English by Hasanul Banna