Ever increasing gender based violence impedes practice of pluralism in the society and consequently hinders sustainable development. Hence it is high time to promote gender parity through strategic and effective policy implementation.
Violence against women is one of the most perceptible violations of human rights in Bangladesh. Intensity of violence might range across the race, religion, ethnicity, socio-economic, cultural and educational background but its existence is prevalent. Where half of the population is women, political and socioeconomic prosperity is greatly being hampered due to growing gender based violence.
IID, while celebrating its five year anniversary, organized a roundtable on 31 March 2018 in partnership with Prothom Alo, the leading national daily in the country. The aim of the roundtable was to comprehend the standpoints of harassment and find out the plausible multidimensional solutions to prevent gender based violence and bring equality.
Participants at the roundtable showed their concern that living in a country where patriarchy is deeply entrenched, women face discrimination irrespective of time and space. Women are more vulnerable to violence when intersectional attributes are taken into account. For example, women who belong to ethnic minority or poor cluster of the society are at a higher risk of violence.