Addressing Violence against Women at IUB
16 days of activism against gender-based violence is an international campaign implemented worldwide by UN Women to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from November 25 that starts with executing International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on December 10 with Human Rights Day. In this connection, on November 25, 2018, a daylong program was held at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) campus in Bashundhara, Dhaka. UN Women Bangladesh organized the event in collaboration with School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at IUB.
This international campaign originated from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.
Prof. M. Omar Rahman, Vice Chancellor, IUB and Shoko Ishikawa, Country Representative, UN Women Bangladesh were present as guest of honors of this awareness campaign. Shoko Ishikawa briefly described the scenario of violence against women in Bangladesh. She mentioned that sexual harassment in workplaces, educational institutions and public places is still rife. Ishikawa also informed the audiences, that according to UN Women Bangladesh’s recent situational analysis in eight universities, 76 percent of female students have come across sexual harassment incidences.
Prof. M. Omar Rahman congratulated UN Women Bangladesh for organizing such a significant program. He appreciated that Bangladesh have been the pioneer in political sphere; women are showing the path and leading from the front in Bangladesh’s progressive development, he added.
To mark the campaign, booths were installed at IUB where myth and stereotypes of women were displayed. Guests, faculties, administrative officials and students visited booths and also admired the arts. As part of photo exhibition, there had been 3 winners from more than 60 works. Wasif Mostafa became first while Dewan Forhad and Sabrina Afrin grabbed second & third prizes.