Surya Deva is a Professor at the Macquarie Law School and a founding Editor-in-Chief of Business and Human Rights Journal.
The development aspirations of a nation cannot be fulfilled unless women are integrated within the process
Law Desk (LD): What lessons can we take from the COVID-19 pandemic in order to protect women from facing differentiated impacts of disasters/public health crises?
Nina Goswami (NG): In the past years, the government has appeared proactive as a response to many incidents of violence and mass reactions to the same.
Kawser Ahmed is an Advocate at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He has also been serving the Government of Bangladesh on human rights reporting for more than five years. He assisted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in drafting the national report for 2nd Cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Thereafter he was assigned to draft the initial state party reports on the ICCPR and the ICESCR in a row. Of late, he assisted the Ministry in drafting the national report for 3rd Cycle UPR which is going to be considered by the Human Rights Council in May 2018. Psymhe Wadud from Law Desk talks to him on state party's human rights reporting mechanism and different aspects of UPR.
Law Desk (LD): Last year was eventful. The enactment of the Child Marriage Act widened a new dimension of discourse on conceptualising the fate of the women (specially girl children) in Bangladesh. Please share your thoughts and observation on it.