Women still cannot enjoy their constitutional rights due to the prevailing lack of security in our society, speakers said at a programme in Central Shaheed Minar premises yesterday afternoon.
To overcome this obstacle, they urged people from all walks of life and the government to play a positive role.
Samajik Protirodh Committee, a platform of 69 organisations -- that work for women, human rights and development -- arranged the event to mark International Women's Day (IWD) 2019.
AT the programme, Mahmuda Khanam, technical advisor of Deepto Foundation, read out a 20-point announcement and called for further social and state-level initiatives to protect women from violence.
The points included: removing legal and bureaucratic complexities to ensure justice for victims of gender violence immediately, amendment of the act regarding rape and family law, formation of government fund for rape victims, implementation of all acts to protect women including child marriage restraint act, creating a gender sensitive education system, and stern action to stop drug peddling.
“Torture of women is a violation of human rights. Despite many successes, we have not yet made significant progress in preventing violence against women,” said Ayesha Khanam, president of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP).
Speaking on the occasion, Shaheen Anam, executive director of Manusher Jonno Foundation, said, “We have not seen a single day when women haven't been victims of violence, so we have to think anew to bring changes.”
Selina Ahmed, executive director of Acid Survivors Foundation, conducted the programme.
INCLUSION IN DECISION-MAKING
Ensuring financial solvency for women, and including them in decision-making processes can contribute to stopping violence against women, said speakers at a discussion organised by National Girl Child Advocacy Forum at Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh. The organisation also brought out a rally and held cultural programmes.
The nation cannot achieve the development it has targeted by ignoring women, they said, expressing strong conviction that women should lead the country not only as members of parliament through reserved seats, but by participating in election.
Nasimun Ara Haque Minu, president of Bangladesh Female Journalists' Association, and journalist Shahnaz Munni were honoured at the programme.
Nasima Akter Jolly, secretary of National Girl Child Advocacy Forum, also spoke at the event.
INDIGENOUS WOMEN CANNOT BE LEFT BEHIND
Ensuring representation of indigenous women at different levels of government bodies is a must to empower them, recommended members of Bangladesh Indigenous Women Network (BIWN) at a programme at Faculty of Fine Arts in Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.
They also asked the government to secure quota for indigenous women at workplaces, so that they get equal opportunities.
Prof Sadeka Halim, dean of Social Sciences faculty of DU, said that the issues faced by indigenous women are seldom discussed, even though they frequently fall victim to violence and discrimination.
BIWN Coordinator Falguni Tripura said indigenous women do not have proper representation in different strata of the society, and this scenario must be changed to ensure sustainable development.
Member of the parliament Lutfunnesa Khan Beauty, Bangladesh Adivasi Forum General Secretary Sanjeeb Drong, educationist Anjalika Khisa, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) member Banchita Chakma were also present at the programme.