Speakers at a discussion Wednesday underscored the need for incorporating sex education and gender equity in the education system of the country aiming to build awareness to prevent violence against women.
The demand was made at the discussion forum organised by Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) at its head office as part of a weeklong programme to observe the International Women's Day on March 8, 2006.
'Women's active participation in decision-making can stop domestic violence' is the theme of the programme.
BRAC staff and representatives from Ain-o-Shalish-Kendra (ASK), Shishu Adhikar Forum, South Asian partnership Bangladesh, Action Network to Combat Violence Against Women participated in the discussion.
Nasima Akhter Jolly of Shishu Adikar Forum said that 47 per cent women of the country are violated from the age of 10.
The forum was presided over by Manzur Hasan, deputy executive director (DED) BRAC while ASK founder member Hamida Hossain, Ayesha Khanam secretary Mohila Parishad, Salma Khan and Shilpa Hafiza BRAC human resource director were the main speakers.
Hamida Hossain warned the audience of four signals prevalent in the society include hate-speech, threat from donors of calling the country a moderate Muslim region and act accordingly, gang culture and political stimulation.
She expressed her concern that 'Violence getting more focus than right'.
Salma Khan stressed the need for male participation in such discussion along with women to prevent violence, as no discussion will be valid without the participation of both the sexes.
BRAC director Shilpa Hafiza suggested that fairs should be arranged for young women to break their shyness and hesitation.