Speakers at a programme urged the country’s people to turn every household into a safe haven for women to end gender-based violence.
They said that non-government organization ‘Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK)’ along with other partners has been working to this end by strengthening access to multi-sectoral public services for survivors of gender-based violence.
Speaking as the chief guest, joint secretary of Law and Justice Division Ummey Sultana said, “The country has some women-friendly laws and policies. But it is undeniable that the rate of violence against women is increasing. Despite taking measures by the government, some 76 percent of women are being victim of violence.”
Country Representative of UNFPA Bangladesh Dr Eiko Narita said, “Gender-based violence is high in Bangladesh even though a lot has improved. Through the Astha project, we have established a reformed mechanism at least in four districts in Bangladesh to fight against violence.”
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador of the kingdom of the Netherlands to Bangladesh Anne Van Leeuwen urged Bangladeshi media to report on gender violence.
Executive Director of ASK Golam Monowar Kamal said, “In order to reduce gender-based violence at all levels, we need to start from the family by respecting the family members — mothers, sisters and daughters.”
He said that they held 20,394 courtyard meetings, 1836 women support group meetings, 504 couple meetings, and 50 meetings with youths and adolescents to make them aware about gender-based violence and its redress through a reformed mechanism.