Prevent violence against women

Speakers in a seminar urged the government to take stern action against the culprits who are responsible for violence against women; a national database gathering all incidents of violence against women has to be established to make the action flawless and dynamic.

The seminar was organized by OSHE foundation on 24 November at National Press Club in the observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

In the seminar, a study report on gender based violence situation among homebased workers in Bangladesh was disclosed. Homebased Workers Project training and advocacy officer Arifa As Alam presented the report where she mentioned that 79 per cent female homebased workers were victimized by mental and physical violence while 70 per cent homebased workers have not sensitized on the issue of gender based violence.

OSHE executive director A R Chowdhury Repon, Jahangirnagar University professor Ainoon Naher, Coalition for the Urban Poor executive director Rebeca Saniat, Jatiya Shramik League former president Abdus Salam Khan, Bangladesh Free Trade Union Congress (BFTUC) president Abdul Mukit Khan, Jatiya Shramik Federation Bangladesh president Kamrul Ahsan, Shramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SKOP) leader Wajedul Islam Khan, Bangladesh Labour Federation general secretary Advocate Delwar Hossain Khan, Asian Development Bank gender specialist Dr. Rokeya Khatun, Federation of Garments Workers general secretary China Rahman took part in the discussion of the seminar. OSHE chairperson Saki Rezwana presided the program.

Ensuring justice, like quick disposal of cases, is something the government has to look into. Social awareness has to be built through campaigns and providing women the conditions needed for addressing gender-based incidents, the speakers said.

A R Chowdhury Repon during the discussion urged the government to incorporate homebased workers into the Bangladesh Labour Act 2006 to minimise the rights violation and gender discrimination. ‘The government should ratify ILO Convention 177 relating to homebased workers’ legal recognition as the country’s 2 million homebased workers have no legal safeguard and social protection,’ he added.

Jahangirnagar University professor Ainoon Naher said the homebased workers are the invisible contributor to the country’s economy, but they have no workplace rights, like employment letter, minimum wages and occupational health and safety.

Homebased workers from different part of Dhaka, Manikganj and Gazipur took part in the program.

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