Sexual and gender-based violence is a global issue that affects millions of people, especially young girls and women, resulting in long-lasting physical, psychological and social scars. To address this issue, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Bangladesh organized the first of its kind round table, “Preventing Sexual Violence is Everyone’s Responsibility”, on 10th July 2023 in Dhaka. A total of 22 participants from the police, armed forces, academia, religious groups and the ICRC actively engaged in discussions and shared their insights on how to address and prevent sexual violence.
Dr Sanzida Akhter, Associate Professor at the Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka, gave the keynote address, highlighting the roles of different groups of people in preventing sexual violence. She helped participants shape a better understanding of the challenges and potential solutions in addressing sexual violence.
A panel discussion at the end of the event created a platform for the participants to learn from each other’s experiences and helped to draw some useful recommendations. The event marked an important milestone in raising awareness, fostering understanding and strengthening collective efforts to create a safer and more inclusive society.
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