Each year from 25 November to 10 December is declared as the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. This year the theme was, “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”—which reflects the core principle of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
During this year’s 16 Days of Activism, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bangladesh has organized different events and workshops engaging youth and mass people to raise the awareness on gender based violence and human rights through its “Human Rights Programme.”
With the Department of Television, Film and Photography of Dhaka University (DU), UNDP organised a weeklong campaign on against Gender Based Violence programme, where students hold rally, photo, film competition, seminars, debates etc. to raise awareness on this issue. There was also a closing event organized jointly by the Department of Television, Film and Photography of Dhaka University (DU), UNDP titled “Uphold the Rights of Women and Ethnic Minorities in Bangladesh” where the Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu was the chief guest. In his remarks, he said “The youth of Bangladesh can play a vital role in ensuring the rights of the communities who are lagging behind in the country.” In the closing event award was given to the winners of the film and photography completion. Through this campaign More than 7,000 students sensitized on the Human Rights.
The Department of Television, Film and Photography of Dhaka University (DU) and UNDP jointly organised an event on “Stop violence Against women” on 3rdDecember to mark the 16 Days of Activism on VAW. Street rally, Short Drama on VAW, mime show and musical performance were staged.
An opinion sharing meeting with journalists on “Promoting Human Rights in Bangladesh” was organized in order to sensitize the journalists to protect human rights. Kazi Reazul Hoque, Chairman of National Human Rights Commission while addressing the journalists in the event said, “Mass media can play a watchdog role in ensuring accountability and transparency in every sector, which will help protect human rights and establish democracy in the country.”
This article was originally posted on the UNDP Bangladesh website.