Reports of GBV, harassment in factories can no longer be ignored
In May 2022, a young woman, who lives in Dhaka city, was verbally and physically assaulted at a train station in Narsingdi while waiting for a Dhaka-bound train.
In the absence of a policy to act as a deterrent, ragging goes on unchecked at some public universities, as the authorities concerned seem indifferent to the need for curbing the menace.
In 2009, the High Court issued a directive that requires active anti-sexual harassment cells in all educational institutions and workplaces. The landless organisations used RTI to find out how many schools in their locality had complied with the HC directive.
The increasing difficulty of accessing clean water is forcing young women in coastal areas of Bangladesh to try to halt their menstrual cycles by misusing contraceptive pills, putting their long-term reproductive and mental health at risk.
While discussing the legal recognition of gender identity, many participants highlighted that the state authorities and general people lack sufficient understanding of the various clusters of the transgender population.
Bhawaiya, produced and reproduced by both men and women, bears the elements of subverting Bengali gender norms.
The link between the structural and personal is continually at risk of getting obscured in favour of an individualist reading of interpersonal violence.
The need for corroborative or medical evidence to prove rape (and therefore these two rules) violates the global standards set by the UN and the WHO.