Four Dolonchapa buses were painted with special artwork raising awareness regarding gender based violence on Tuesday, and now can be seen on the streets of their service routes
Dolonchapa, the country's first ever privately operated female exclusive bus service, has painted some of its buses with artwork protesting gender violence.
Dolonchapa bus service partnered with HerStory Foundation, a foundation that works for women empowerment and gender equality, in this unique initiative to address gender based violence as part of the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, said a press release issued yesterday.
Four Dolonchapa buses were painted with special artwork raising awareness regarding gender based violence on Tuesday, and now can be seen on the streets of their service routes.
The artwork and rebranding of the buses is an attempt to increase awareness, galvanize advocacy efforts, and encourage more women to stand up and speak up for their rights.
According to joint research conducted by ActionAid Bangladesh and Jatiyo Nari Nirjaton Protirodh Forum, in Bangladesh, four out of every five cases brought before the courts by women, are related to violence. Female commuters in Bangladesh, in particular, report being harassed in some form or other, when using public transport.
Shoko Ishikawa, country representative of UN Women in Bangladesh, said: "The security and safety of women, especially on public transport is important to ensure women’s right to move freely in public spaces. In fact, there shouldn’t even be a need to have a separate bus for women if men do not harass women. I am happy to see Dolonchapa coming forward to support the 16 Days of Activism campaign with such creative artwork and hope others will join forces to not remain silent on violence against women."
The global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign is observed every year around the world, starting from November 25 until December 10.
"Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!" is the theme for this year.