Speakers at a webinar on Tuesday said it is not possible for the government alone to stop violence against women without cooperation and participation of all.
They were addressing a virtual seminar titled “Towards Creating a Future without Violence” organised by ActionAid Bangladesh.Addressing the event as the chief guest, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Md Atiqul Islam said they have formed a new committee which will especially work to combat violence against women and children.
To increase women’s empowerment, the corporation has set aside 20 per cent of the total allocation for urban development for women counsellors, the Mayor said.
“Besides, we are laying emphasis on what else can be done for women and children’s welfare. By next month an app ‘Sobai Mile Sobar Dhaka’ will be launched where city dwellers can easily lodge complaints about the poor service,” he added.
Ministry of Women and Children Affairs’ (MoWCA) Multi-Sectoral programme on Violence against Women Project Director Dr. Abul Hossain said it is required to launch an awareness and advocacy campaign to fight violence against women.
Among others, M. Naseemul Hye, board member of ActionAid International Bangladesh Society (AAIBS), Khushi Kabir, coordinator of the non-governmental organization Nijera Kori, Taslima Yasmin, assistant professor of the department of law at Dhaka University, and Farah Kabir, country director of ActionAid Bangladesh also spoke at the programme.