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Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. Each year it begins on the 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and runs until the 10th December, Human Rights Day. Global theme of this year is: "Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, and Collect!”
This year to observe 16 Days of Activism Clubs in IWD 345 altogether hosted different events wearing signature colour orange, while also engaging in activities that support and promote the campaign. Events include human chain, rallies, awareness campaigns through videos, webinars.
Clubs hosted webinars virtually on different topics. These included the current status of women in pandemic, protection of mental health, the role and involvement of various women organizations to stop VAW and special legal assistance for women. Speakers were from different Organization’s leaders, media personality, lawyers, doctors, psychologists and other expertise. No country is immune from gender-based violence and the current statistics for Bangladesh are also alarming speakers have pointed out. They Emphasized on the need to advocate for a more equitable society; the voices of women must have equal weight: socially, financially, politically and in every stratum of life. Those webinar was open to all and Clubs especially inviting young members to join. Because by empowering young members with information & educating them about women’s right, we can build a better future for all.
Human chain and rallies were organized to show protest to any kind of violence against women & girls. Two rallies were jointly organized with Zonta International & Human Rights Association. A dance drama directed & produced by a member was telecast on National TV as a part of campaign. Good media coverage has been published on country’s' dailies & television channels.
To end VAW, assist survivors and secure equal rights for women & girls—Clubs work for free advocacy. Some clubs donate funds and help financially to empower women & support survivors.
T shirts and masks have been distributed among young people and members to promote Violence against women & girls. Members orange their Face Book wall with a variety of images, banners and promotional Materials.
Some Clubs meet together and discuss VAW with festoons, placards, banners to create awareness and to show their solidarity in eliminating all forms of violence.
As all Clubs recognize that Violence against women and girls has been a perpetual curse, there is a clear understanding that collectively we need to fight against it with greater determination and also need to build gender sensitive institutions. Significant activism has been there; what is lacking is a concerted sincere effort from the administration and law enforcement agencies. Implementation and proper knowledge of the law is also very crucial to see greater change. In these circumstances there is hope and conviction from the Clubs that through all their actions, activism and hard work the day will come where women and girls need not to fear violence any more in every step of their lives.
Sharmin Hossain – National Representative