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Enactment of sexual harassment prevention act demanded

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 27th November, 2022 06:17:00 PM
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Enactment of sexual harassment prevention act demanded

Eight rights and trade bodies under the podium of Gender Platform Bangladesh (GPB) have put a seven-point demand, including enactment of sexual harassment prevention act, to stop harassment on women particularly in workplaces.

Other demands include: Ratification of ILO Convention 190; implementation of the 2009’s High Court 11-point specific directive on prevention of sexual harassment; formation of a monitoring committee to implement the HC directive; ensuring of exemplary punishment on charge of sexual harassment; formation of complaint committees as per the High Court guideline; practice of culture preventing violence against women.

The eight bodies—Awaj Foundation, Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS), Bangladesh Labour Foundation, BNWLA, Fair Wear, IndustriALL Global Union, Karmojibi Nari and Mondiaal FNV-- came up with the demands at a press briefing at the Jatiya Press Club in the capital on Sunday.

Nazma Yasmin, director of the BILS, read out the press release.

She said that no positive changes occurred in harassment on women, eve-teasing, sexual harassment, rape and mass-rape and overall violence against women.

She said, “The violence against women is alarming now. Women are being harassed in public transports, educational institutions, workplaces and even in their families.”

Quoting the study report of Ain O Salish Kendra, she said that 830 women were the victims of the rape in the last 10 months from January to October.

Some 39 women were killed after rape while seven victims committed suicide.