REO and GHRD organized event for Elimination of Violence against Women 2018 in Bangladesh

    REO and GHRD organized event for Elimination of Violence against Women 2018 in Bangladesh Elimination Violence Against Women

    November 25, 2018: Research and Empowerment Organization (REO) in collaboration with Global Human Rights Defense (GHRD) organized an event on International Women’s Day 2018 for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Bangladesh.

    The Chief Guest was Aroma Dutta, Chief Executive of Prip Trust; Special Guest was Prof John Richards, Simon Fraser University, Canada, Special Guest Mr. Gouranga Dey, President, Sree Sree Jonmasthomi Parashod Bangladesh and Chairman Artison. Guest of Honour Mr. Sontosh Nath, CEO Alpha Vision, Mrs. Suchitra Sarkar, Head of Admin REO, Monoyara Hossain Laiju, President REO Mymonsingh, Nishat Mamood, Barrister Supreme Court, Nur-E-Zannat, President SBMSS-Sachasebi Bohumukhi Mohila Somittee, Ln. Shahidul Islam, General Secretary, BHRC-Bangladesh Human Rights Comission, Ln, Harun Or Rashid, President Asab and a large number of youth and guests on the occasion.

    The Program Presided by Prof. Chandan Kumar Sarkar, Chairman REO-Research and Empowerment Organization and Coordinator Global human Rights Defence-GHRD, South Asia.

    The representatives of civil society organizations, women activists, political workers, social activists, HRD’s, lawyers, teachers, youth and Youth University students participated to end violations against women.

    Prof. Chandan Sarkar Chairman of Research and Empowerment Organization (REO) raised the issue, root causes and recommendations for the Elimination of Violence against Women, particularly the female child marriages, domestic violence, incidents of acid throwing, burnings, honor killings, trafficking, sexual and mental harassments in his presentation.

    Prof Sarkar mentioned that the before and after election violence is common in Bangladesh, Especially on the minorities people and women affected much. He provided statistics from 2015 to 2018 the violation against women are increasing before and after election violation against minorities in Bangladesh. The government must have to take initiatives the protection of the minorities of Bangladesh.
    Prof. Sarkar in his keynote speech mentioned atrocity of minorities of day to day up rasing and how the GHRD and REO are working for the destitute and  Hindu women victims. They rescued many girls as well as provided medical facilities for the needy people in Bangladesh. 

    However, Prof Sarkar describes two case studies regards on Mukta Rani Roy, Nilphamary and Purnima Das, Shylet. Both the girls have been abducted and forcefully converted to Islam. The police trying to rescue but they are not able to rescue last four months. The victim’s family told to us that the police are not helpful for rescue the girl. However, we put pressure and time to time the communicate with the police, they assured that they will rescue the victims. On 26th November, police rescued Mukta Rani Roy with perpetrators from Sripur, Gazipur ,Dhaka. 

    He said further that rape and forcefully conversion is alarming and in routine in Bangladesh. The sexual violence and harassment (rape, forced sexual acts, unwanted sexual advances, child sexual abuse, forced marriage, street harassment, stalking, and cyber- harassment) are also common practices in Bangladesh. The human trafficking (slavery, sexual exploitation), female genital mutilation and child marriages are commonly faced by women, he added more.

    Sradanand Sital, special guest joined on skype from Netherlands in the Conference, he told to the audience

    “Ladies and Gentlemen, Namaskar and thank you for joining us at this momentous event. This program has been aptly organized on the 25th Nov 2018, the international day for elimination of violence against women. It endeavors to focus attention on the serious human rights violations faced by religious minorities in Bangladesh, and in particular, highlight the issues faced by women from the minority religious communities.

    I would like to thank the accomplished guests who have taken time off their busy schedule to attend this event. This signifies the growing importance of human rights and emphasizes the active participation of members of the civil society in Bangladesh.

    I would like to congratulate Mr. Chandan Sarkar for his immense contribution in the protection of human rights of the most vulnerable religious minorities. Moreover, he is defending human rights in one of the most dangerous areas of the world.

    As a recognition of Mr. Chandan’s incredible work in Bangladesh, I would like to take this opportunity to appoint Professor Chandan Kumar Sarkar as the South Asia Coordinator of Global Human Rights Defence.

    As we celebrate our momentous strides in protection of human rights in Bangladesh, it is imperative for us to understand the large amount of work which is yet to be done. The following cases are emblematic of the ongoing human rights violations faced by religious minorities in Bangladesh”.

    The Chief Guest Aroma Dutta in her speech said to the audience “Violence is everywhere in the world especially against women, the girls/females are affected in the different form. However, the Minorities in Bangladesh are affected much more  better than everywhere in the World”.

    The Guest of honour Mr. Sontosh Nath told to the audience that” the Human rights are bleak and day by day it is gradually declining. The Minorities are the most vulnerable in Bangladesh, especially in women. We are the men should come forward to protect our Girls.

    Mrs. Suchitra Sarkar, Head of Admin of REO shared that women acknowledged to United Nations that the human rights activists observed 25 November as a day against gender-based violence since 1981. The women feel honor that since 7 February 2000, the General Assembly adopts resolution 54/134, officially designating 25 November as the International day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and in doing so.

    She Mentioned GHRD and REO created a new platform for the Women where they can come for justice we have a huge number of Case studies and Female have faith us for justice and gradually it is increasing.

    Ms. Nigar Sultana (Youth Leader of REO), Ms. Khadiza Akter (Youth Leader REO), Ms.Nirjora (University Student), Ms. Jeniya (Students ), Surovi Ghosh, Youth Leader, Ms. Piya (Student), Ms. Pervin (Social Worker). Pradip Dey (Human rights Activist), Mr. Rajesh Naha (Human Rights Activits), Mr. Naresh (Youth Leader), Ajit Ghosh Executive Member of REO, Ln. Mr. Shahidul Islam, Human Rights Activist, Ln. Mr. Harun Or Rashid, Head of ASAB and Youth President Bipul Deb Nath Spoke and discussed about the REO’s and GHRD activities to Audience.

    Mr. Gouranga Dey, Adviser of REO and President of Sree Sree Jonmashtomi Udjapon Committee, Bangladesh told that the Female and Mother and You always take shelter to the lotus feet of our Mother Goddess Devi Durga, We pronam to our girl like our Mother. We don’t accept and tolerance that someone tortured to our mother. We should protect and protest to same our Mother.

    Prof. John Richards, Canada explain his experienced to the Audience and explain and emphasized to the Education. He mentions, if the empowerment is increased then the violation will be decrease, may be elimination is not possible over day and night but it will be reduced.

    However, 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner, that why only 52% of women married or in a union freely make their own decisions about sexual relations, contraceptive use and health care.

    Almost 750 million women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday; while 200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), 1 in 2 women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family; 1 out of 20 men were killed under similar circumstances, 71% of all human trafficking victims worldwide are women and girls, and 3 out of 4 of these women and girls are sexually exploited , that why the violence against women is as serious a cause of death and incapacity among women of reproductive age as cancer, and a greater cause of ill health than traffic accidents and malaria combined, that why the world and Pakistani authorities are not taking serious actions to combat this alarming situation; the speakers added.

    However, all participants endorsed the recommendations jointly including to end-up the abductions, forced conversions and forced marriages of minority girls which was raised in Hindu girls, as the numbering are growing day by day in Bangladesh. The speakers urged that state must ensure victims & families safety & security measures and the violence of all forms should be eliminated, GHRD and REO recommended further.,

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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