Ecumenical women’s gathering demands end to gender-based violence in Bangladesh

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“There cannot be peace in Asia as long as there is violence against women.”

News from the Christian Conference of Asia:

“Bangladeshi women are subjected to violence throughout their lives, which prevents them from realising their own dignity and rights as human beings. This subjugation in the day-to-day lives of millions of women in poverty stricken Bangladesh affects their abilities to fully benefit from and participate in schooling and employment, thus constraining their lifespan opportunities,” shared the participants of a Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) Consultation held in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 2-3 June 2017.

“Violence against women in the country is deeply rooted in a historical, social and political context, where governmental structures, social institutions and the law may all contribute to its persistence. The wide range of violence against women in Bangladesh includes intimate partner violence, domestic violence, child abuse, sexual harassment, child marriages, human trafficking, female child mortality, honour killings, and dowry-related violence among others,” the participants observed.

The participants of the consultation demanded strong law enforcement mechanisms to end gender-based violence in the country.

“Many governmental policies and services continue to reflect a gender bias. Despite having legal protection against several forms of violence, legal systems struggle to overcome barriers that obstruct reform. They also have to contend with significant structural deficiencies that prevent women from accessing justice. Religious institutions and norms too, reinforce unequal gender relations and contribute to violence against women,” the group of church women further added.

Organised by the CCA, in collaboration with the National Council of Churches Bangladesh (NCCB), the national ecumenical women’s consultation ‘Combating Violence Against Women’ brought together a group of 56 women from various churches and ecumenical organisations in the country.

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Posted by: Terrie Robinson | Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
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