Sarwar Ajam Manik, Cox’s Bazar
Cartoon is a powerful medium. It can uproot superstition and ignorance from the human mind directly in a short time. This medium can play a very important role in resolving violence against women.
Relief and rehabilitation commissioner of Cox’s Bazar Mohammad Abul Kalam made the observation at the opening ceremony of a two-day cartoon exhibition. The two-day exhibition titled ‘Femitun’ started at a hotel in Cox’s Bazar on Sunday.
Action Aid Bangladesh is organising the exhibition in collaboration with the country’s sole cartoon magazine Unmad.
Anika Sandaland, senior coordinator of Inter-Sector Coordination Group, UNICEF child protection manager William Copangbala Kali, Action Aid Bangladesh country director Farah Kabir and Ukhia Upazila executive officer Mohammad Nikaruzzaman Chowdhury, among others, were present on the occasion.
According to an Action Aid Bangladesh study, 97 percent of the urban violence is sexual harassment while 81 percent victims of those harassments do not seek police help. 47.5 percent of urban women suffer from insecurity in the public transportation and on roads.
The exhibition is showcasing works of cartoonists from across the country.
Thanking ActionAid Bangladesh for organising the exhibition, Anika Sandaland said, “It is very important to spread the message through the cartoon that is spread through life. Such initiatives and efforts would be beneficial if we keep these messages in ourselves and spread to people around us.”
Farah Kabir said, “To prevent violence against women we need to change the definition of manhood. There is no alternative to that. We think cartoon can play an important role in this regard. This is why we initiated this exhibition.”
She also said, “To make people aware about various inequalities
and discriminatory behaviours in society and to raise voice against those practices, cartoon is a powerful medium.”
Senior cartoonist Arif Iqbal said, “We try to quibble with the cartoon. People want to quibble and find reality in the cartoon.”