Eminent rights activist and former caretaker government adviser Sultana Kamal has said at least 87% women in Bangladesh face domestic violence.
She made the statement while addressing a seminar at Daffodil International University (DIU) on Tuesday.
The rights activist was referring to the figure from the Violence against Women Survey 2011, a nationwide study conducted by the government.
Around 87% of Bangladeshi married women are abused by their husbands, said the survey which involved a sample of 12,600 women.
With the reference, Sultana Kamal stressed the need for social awareness and moral development to alleviate the oppressive familial environment for women.
She mentioned that despite the odds, Bangladeshi women are making progress in many fields. "Bangladeshi women are putting up enviable successes in different sectors. The advances made by our women are now being discussed all over the world."
"One of the major goals of the Liberation War was to establish a society without men-women inequality. But it is a matter of regret that so long after the achievement of independence, we have yet to fulfill the goal," she said.
The seminar was presided over by Prof Dr Md Golam Mawla Chowdhury, chairman of the Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee of DIU. DIU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Yusuf Mahbubul Islam was also present at the event.
The article was originally published on Bangla Tribune