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Roundtableand rally organised observing International Women Day 2018 in Chittagong

International Women Day 2018 in ChittagongBILS, under its DGB-BW project activity, organized a roundtable titled “Gender Based Violence at Workplace: Impact and Role of Society” on March 10, 2018 at the Chittagong Press Club Auditorium.

Creating social awareness among all on the issue of gender based violence inside and outside of workplace was the main issue of the round table. BILS Project Coordinator Kohinoor Mahmood presented a key note paper on the topic named “Gender Based Violence at Workplace: Impact and Role of Society”.

Prominent Writer & Women Activist Begum Mustari Shafi was present as chief guest of the programme while Former Vice Chancellor, Feni University Professor Dr. Fasiul Alam, Eminent Women & Right Activist Nurjahan Khan, researcher and Associate Professor, Law Department of Chittagong University Dr. Md. Shahin Chowdhury, were present as special guests and discussants of the round table. Chittagong Union of Journalists President Nazimuddin Shaymol also participated in the discussion. Chittagong based leading TU leaders, women organizers and CSO representatives were present in the program

The speakers opined that due to the lack of awareness, poor enforcement of law workers and common people especially women are being victimized every now and then inside and outside of their workplace.  Both GO NGOs and other stakeholders should take pro-active role and effective measures to stop violence against working women and children-they said.

Earlier on March 8, 2018 a rally was organised by BILS-Chittagong with the participation of Women Trade Union Leaders of BILS affiliated National Trade Union Federations at Central Shaheed Minar Premises observing International Women Day 2018.

The rally was presided over by Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dol Central Committee Member Shahnewaz Choudhury while BILS Jatiya Sramik League Central Committee Joint Secretary Md. Shafar Ali, Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dol Chittagong divisional President A M NazimUddin, Bangladesh Trade Union Kendra Chittagong district President Tapan Dutta, Women Trade Union Leaders Rokeya Khanam from BLF, Rekha Borua from BFTUC, Shahnaz Begum from TUC, Lutfur NAhar Sonia from JSL, Nazma Akter from MBSF delivered their speech.

Speaker in the rally mentioned that, without sensitive behavior towards women, protesting all types of violence on women, establishing legal, social and basic human dignity it is impossible to establish a progressive society as well as state.

After the rally a colourful procession moved on different areas of the city from Chittagong Shaheed Minar.