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ONE BILLION RISING

End to violence against women demanded

Staff correspondent

One Billion Rising for Justice holds protests in front of the Supreme Court building in Dhaka on Friday demanding an end to violence against women. — Saurav Loskar
 One Billion Rising for Justice holds protests in front of the Supreme Court building in Dhaka on Friday demanding an end to violence against women. — Saurav Loskar

People in their hundreds staged protests at places in the capital and across the country on Friday as one billion people in 207 countries rose and danced to demand an end to violence against women and girls.
People from all walks of life joined the mass gatherings held at places in the capital and 66 districts across the country.
One Billion Rising, an alliance of rights groups, organised the mass gatherings as part of the global campaign One Billion Rising for Justice.
Participants gathered in front of houses, offices, factories and other establishments and demanded amendment to all laws discriminatory against women.
In the central programme in Dhaka, three cases of injustice — enforced disappearance of Kalpana Chakma, Monirampur rape and attack on journalist Nadia Sharmin — were depicted in the form of monologues and testimonies in front of the Supreme Court.
In June 1996, ethnic minority women leader Kalpana Chakma was abducted from her house in Rangamati and despite adequate proves and witness, no justice was yet made to the family.
After the 10th parliamentary elections, miscreants attacked religious minorities and two women were gang raped at a Monirampur village in Jessore, but the government took no effective measure to bring the perpetrators to book, the participants alleged.
Journalist Nadia Sharmin was attacked when she was covering Hefazat-e-Islam’s protests in the capital.
They demanded proper implementation of CEDAW and arrangement of self defence training for women in educational institutions.
According to United Nations Human Rights report, one in each three women across the globe becomes victim of violence in her life and the number of tortured women is more than one billion.
In South Asian countries, the trend of violence against women is different and according to statistics, in every week more than 10 women become victim of violence.
One Billion Rising campaign is a  global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely near places where they are entitled to justice — court houses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, homes or simply public gatherings — where women feel safe but often do not.
 




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