The need for raising awareness and coordinated efforts is vital to stop violence against women and children, speakers said yesterday.
Also, women's rights issues should be included in the curriculum, they added.
The speakers were addressing a roundtable on “Rape and sexual assault, a crime against humanity” at Jatiya Press Club. The seminar was organised by Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, said a press release.
The rights activists called for a social movement to bring an end to the violence. Also, family members should come forward to combat the ever-growing menace.
They said from January 18 to October 18, a total of 646 women were raped in the country, according to information gathered from 14 national dailies. Also, 165 of them were gang raped, 53 killed after rape and 141 sexually harassed. Fourteen women died by suicide after being harassed.
Ayesha Khanam, president of the parishad, said a coordinated effort is needed to address the issue. She also announced a national committee where policy makers, academicians, civil society members, cultural personality and BMP members will work jointly to prevent violence against women.