The ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’ campaign is going to begin today (Sunday) with a call to eliminate all forms of violence against women.
Different socio-cultural organizations in Bangladesh have taken preparations to observe the international campaign. They also remembered the victims RMG workers in Tazreen incident that took place on November 24 in 2012.
On the occasion of the international campaign and the six years of the Tazreen incident, Karmojibi Nari, a rights-based platform, arranged Garment Women Workers gathering and cultural function at a community centre in city’s Mirpur on Friday.
President of Karmojibi Nari Dr Pratima Paul Majumder chaired the event, while founder of the platform Shirin Akhter MP attended it as the chief guest. Acting mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Md Jamal Mostafa, president of Jatiya Sramik Jote Bangladesh Saifuzzaman Badsha, general secretary of Samatantrik Sramik Front Razekuzzaman Ratan and chairperson of OSHE Foundation Saki Rezwana spoke at the event, among others. Vice president of Karmojibi Nari Umme Hasan Jhalmal delivered the welcome speech, while its director Rahela Rabbani presented the keynote paper.
In her speech, Shirin Akhter said that preventive measures have to be taken to end violence against women, particularity violence against the working women in their working places, including garments. The RMG workers should be united taking lessons from the incidents in Tazreen Garments and Rana Plaza.
The speakers stressed on raising voices of women workers on violence against women and girls in the community and the workplaces as a part of the global movement to end VAWG (violence against women and girls).
The ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’ campaign begins on November 25, the day of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, with the theme ‘Orange the World: #HearMeToo’. The international campaign will end on December 10, the day of International Human Rights Day.