There was also a day-long Solution Fair at CIRDAP for the first time ever in Bangladesh, to build awareness
As part of the global awareness campaign the “The 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence” on Sunday, speakers said that the government is planning many programs to combat violence against women.
Women and Children Affairs Secretary Nasima Begum at the program said: “As a lot of women are sexually harassed on public transport, we have recently sent a proposal to the Finance Ministry for funds to install CCTV cameras in public transports.”
“It would be easier to identify criminals; the ministry could monitor the feed through a central monitoring cell,” she added at the program organized by the ministry and UNFPA at CIRDAP on Sunday morning.
The secretary said the pilot project is part of the action plan the ministry has recommended to the Finance Ministry to combat violence against women.
Nasima Begum also spoke about the emergency app for women called “Joy” that connects to the national emergency service-999.
There was also a day-long Solution Fair at CIRDAP for the first time ever in Bangladesh, to build awareness.
State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki and UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh Mia Seppo joined the event as chief and special guests.
Chief guest State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki said the National Plan of Action (NPA) (2018 – 2030) is going to help eradicate violence against women.
“Bangladesh is moving towards becoming a developed country by 2041 and to achieve that we need to develop the mindset of the people.
“Women and men should not be labelled, in fact they should be addressed as mere humans. We should work to include men in the women empowerment process in order to facilitate respect and dignity towards women and decreasing gender-based violence.
"When you educate a man, you educate an individual, but when you educate a woman, you educate a family, a country," she said.
UNRC Mia Seppo welcomed the plan and said: “The government should implement the National Action Plan through a strong monitoring and evaluation system.”
"The Millennials are an exciting generation. They are the only generation that actually believes in gender equality. We, however, were taught to do so. That in itself is an achievement. I hope this movement continues against patriarchy, gender inequality and impure mindsets.”
A panel discussion joined by Youth Advisory Panel was also held following the inauguration. The panel discussion was moderated by Dr Abul Hossain who discussed about the different dimensions of violence and the necessary steps to be taken to eradicate gender-based violence especially early marriage, said a press release.
‘16 Days of Activism’ kicks off with Solution Fair
After the event, speakers and guests visited the Solution Fair that featured a total 14 stalls showcasing work by different government agencies, UN agencies, development partners, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders.
Participating agencies described their response in preventing violence against women and help survivors of violence in Bangladesh.
The Solution Fair featured a total 14 stalls representing the works of Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF),Action Aid Bangladesh, Bangladesh Legal Aid And Services Trust (BLAST), Center for Men and Masculinities Studies (CMMS),Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO),International Labour Organization (ILO), Joyeeta,Multi-sectoral Project on Violence Against Women, United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA), UN Women,Unite for Body Rights Alliance, Nirapod, AdoHearts, and other partners of the Kingdom of Netherlands.
UNFPA recreated a dummy of their women friendly spaces that provide an array of services to survivors of violence, including psycho-social counselling, case management and referral services. They also help strengthen survivor’s productive capacity by providing them with essential skill development training.