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‘Women have to protest against harassment’

  • Published at 10:08 pm March 7th, 2019
web_The banner for DU Gender Fest 2019
The banner for DU Gender Fest 2019

The two-day long campaign included a book fair with eight stalls, as well as a short film competition

The two-day-long Gender Fest came to an end at Dhaka University (DU) yesterday, with calls for women to protest any harassment they face.

During a program at the Muzaffar Ahmed Chowdhury Auditorium of the DU Social Science Faculty, speakers emphasized the role of protest in resisting the harassment of women.

USAID Senior Program Development specialist Mahmuda Rahman Khan said: “Sometimes, we respect a famous male personality, and some of them try to abuse this to find an opportunity to harass us. We have to protest such harassment.” 

BRAC University Associate Professor Seuty Sabur said: “Women have to learn how to resist harassment. Raise your voice when you are harassed, do not be afraid.”

The two-day long campaign included a book fair with eight stalls, as well as a short film competition.

Awami League lawmaker Suborna Mustafa presided over the concluding session in the afternoon. 

The session was moderated by DU Professor of Women and Gender Studies Ayesha Banu, with DU Social Science Faculty Dean Prof Sadeka Halim, Mass Communication and Journalism department Chairpaerson Prof Kaberi Gayen, Philosophy department Prof Nayeema Haque present, among others. 

The DU women and gender studies department arranged the program with support from USAID, UNDP and Manusher Jonno Foundation, to commemorate International Women’s Day.