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Foreign Ministry forms body to address sexual harassment

  • Published at 09:28 pm May 9th, 2019
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The committee will be headed by Director General (Research) of the Foreign Ministry Nowrin Ahsan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has formed a two-member committee to address allegations regarding oppression of women and sexual harassment.

The body, named Women Oppression and Sexual Harassment Complaint Committee, has been formed in accordance with the Supreme Court's guideline on preventing sexual harassment at educational institutions and workplaces, issued in 2009, according to an office order issued by the Foreign Ministry on April 28.

The committee will be headed by Director General (Research) of the Foreign Ministry Nowrin Ahsan. The other member of the committee is Director General (Regional Organizations) Nahida Rahman Sumona.

Employees and officials of the ministry and their family members, employees, officials of any embassy, high commission or consulate general, and members of their families, and any woman harassed by officials of the ministry and missions can lodge complaints with the committee.

The office order added that women working and living in different countries can also file complaints with the committee.

Anyone can complain over telephone from 9am to 5pm, or by e-mail 24 hours a day. The telephone number is +880-2-9569149 and the e-mail address is [email protected]

The guidelines, issued on May 14, 2009, are supposed to be followed as the highest legal provision—until adequate and effective legislation is prepared and enacted to address sexual harassment at workplaces and educational institutions.