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'Sexual violence against women and children is a national problem'

  • Published at 10:56 pm September 17th, 2019
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Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) has held a one hour sit-in protest in front of National Press Club on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Speakers called for an united recognition to tackle rape and sexual violence against women and children

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) organized a one hour sit-in protest titled "Rape and sexual harassment against women and children are crimes against humanity" to stand against the increasing violence against women and children in Bangladesh, in front of National Press Club around 4 pm on Tuesday.

Speakers said women's contribution in developing Bangladesh's economy, politics, state and social affairs could not be disregarded.

"However, at every step women face discriminatory gender norms and sexual violence, which cannot be accepted anymore," they added.

The speakers addressed sexual violence against women and children as a national problem, and called for an united recognition to eradicate it from its roots.

"The perpetrator has to prove his innocence, any kind of political support given to the sexual abusers must be stopped, rape and sexual harassment cases against women and children need to be reviewed and justice served at the earliest; social stigma for rape survivors need to be challenged," these were some of the demands made by the speakers in the protest.

BMP Vice Presidents Fauzia Moslem and Rekha Chowdhury, Joint General Secretary Seema Moslem, along with General Secretary Advocate Masuda Rehana Begum, Organizing Secretary Umma Salma Begum, Finance Secretary Dil Afroz Begum, Education and Culture Secretary Bula Osman, International Secretary Rekha Saha, Legal Advocacy and Director of Lobby Branch Maksuda Akhtar Laili and Director of Advocacy and Lobby Committee Johnna Goswami were present among others.