Over the years, the situation of Violence against Women (VAW) in Bangladesh has been reviewed by various United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms. Following the review, Bangladesh received numerous recommendations from the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring bodies to combat VAW and protect their rights and dignity. With a view of addressing these recommendations before the State, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) organised a“Virtual Discussion on the State of Violence against Women in Bangladesh” on the first day of its ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, on 25 November 2020.
In this discussion, ASK highlighted some of the key recommendations on the prevention of and protection from such violence. The objectives of this discussion were to disseminate information about the UN Special Procedures, highlight the current situation of VAW, with special focus onCOVID-19 situation and assess the implementation status of the recommendations made by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Bodies.
Golam Monowar Kamal, Executive Director, ASK moderated the virtual discussion and Dr.Faustina Pereira, human rights activist and Executive Committee Member, ASK; Shaheen Anam,Executive Director, Manusher Jonno Foundation, Dr. Abul Hossain, Project Director, Multi-Sectoral Programme on Violence Against Women, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs andOrlagh McCann, Human Rights Officer, Violence against women mandate, Special Procedures Branch, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) attended the discussions discussants. Nina Goswami, Senior Deputy Director-Programme, ASK highlighted a set ofkey recommendations on VAW made through the multiple human rights mechanisms through a presentation.
Full report of the event is available here –