Participants at the Policy Forum on Bangladesh in Peace and Equality discussed some of the crucial questions regarding gender and faith based violence; such as- what triggers inequality in the society? What hampers peace and gender equality? How do we define gender roles traditionally? What could be done for bringing peace and equality in civilization?The forum was a daylong one of its series, held in Jessore city on 12 August, 2017.
The aim of the forum was to portray how political instability, lack of justice, violent extremism and patriarchy are hindering our expedition towards achieving SDG goal number 5, 10 and 16- gender equality, reduced inequalities and ensuring peace, justice.
Participants identified some of the key reasons which are impeding peace in the society such as – political instability, lack of good governance and social justice, fading patriotism and etc. It has been discussed that to conserve the inclusiveness among people from different religious, regional, social and cultural background-religion should be free from politics and there should be act of cohesion in the community.Some discussant agreed that to promote freedom of speech and expression, it is important to repeal the section 57 of ICT Act which has been a one of the most talked about topic nowadays. To create the society a pluralistic one, community should be more open to discussion when any crisis comes up and hence take informed, mutual decisions collectively.