In a press release from the US Embassy, several ambassadors to Bangladesh and other UN officials have expressed solidarity with the survivors of gender-based violence.
"16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence" is a campaign observed each year during the 16 days from November 25 to December 10, to acknowledge that girls and women are abused every day of the year. During these 16 days, it is important to remember that every person can be an activist against gender-based violence, an Ambassador for Change.
US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Leoni Cuelenaere, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Alison Blake, Thai Ambassador Panpimon Suwannapone, Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Julia Niblett, Danish Ambassador Mikael Hemniti Winther, Norwegian Ambassador Sidsel Bleken, Swiss Ambassador René Holenstein, Swedish Ambassador Charlotta Schlyter, EU Ambassador to Bangladesh Rensje Teerink, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Bangladesh Representative a.i. Iori Kato, UN Women Bangladesh Country Representative Shoko Ishikawa, USAID Mission Director Janina Jaruzelski, World Food Program Representative in Bangladesh Christa Räder have all called on everyone, in Bangladesh and around the world, to stand together against gender-based violence.
The press release stated that there have been 600 reported rape cases in Bangladesh in 2017 alone, and that 600 is too many.
The ambassadors and UN officials have called on law enforcement and the judicial system, at every level, to make the justice system more responsive and more supportive of survivors.
Violence against women and girls is a crime. It violates moral, legal and religious standards. It offends reason and our consciences. Because gender-based violence is intolerable, we ask everyone to stand with us during the "16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence", read the press release.
The statement asked to stand together to denounce violence against women and girls in every form; to stand together and commit to making schools, homes, and workplaces harassment-free spaces; to stand together to report violence.