Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR), Bangladesh Rehabilitation Centre for Trauma Victims (BRCT), and Naogaon Human Rights Development Association (NHRDA)
BRCT, BIHR and NHRDA celebrated the IWD together on the 8th of March in Dhaka with the support of GHRD.
The different activities, consisted of a rally, a human chain of more than 200 people in front of the National Press Club, workshops on women’s human rights, presentation of fact finding and cases on violations of girls’ and women’s rights and a street drama “Hanan” highlighting the discrimination women face in their homes, workplaces, and from various religious leaders as well as the various barriers they face in educational institutions.
The overall aim was to raise awareness about rights and opportunities for women and show support to those women who are pathbreakers and role models in Bangladeshi society. The events received widespread and direct media coverage.
“By having events like this we continue to raise awareness about the rights of people and challenge the norms of society to make it a more fair and just place for all”
Bangladesh Minority Watch (BDMW)
During BDMW’s celebration of the IWD participants were invited to discussions and seminars concerning awareness raising about the situation of minority women and children. There was also a rally and different cultural programmes, attended by hundreds of enthusiastic people.
Many dignitaries and important people attended the event among which The Chief Justice of Bangladesh, Mr. Justice Md. Fazlul Karim, Advocate Khan Tipu Sultan – Member of Parliament (89 Jessore -5), Ms.Shirin Sultana M.A.LL.B –Advocate Supreme Court of Bangladesh and Mr. Monoranjan Ghosal – Advisory Editor of the “Weekly Ekushey” and Executive Chairman of Muktijoddha Samannay Parishad. The events gained widespread media coverage.
At the end of the programme BDMW distributed food to destitute women and children.
“Participants from minority women groups including Dalits paraded in the street chanting slogans for equal rights for all”
With the support of GHRD, Parittran, working on Dalit rights, organised a rally, human chain, Women’s Conference and cultural programme at Union and Upazilla level in the Southwest of Bangladesh on the International Women’s Day. These were part of its 20 days ongoing campaign on creating mass awareness on Dalit women’s rights.
The celebrations were widely attended by the community, students and civil society where more than 600 people took part in. The whole event included many prominent speakers voicing the rights of Dalit women, the problems they face and recommendations for change. At the end of the programme the Parittran cultural team performed a drama and folk songs on the theme of violence against women.
“…we should take a social movement against all forms of discrimination…” - Professor Tapon Chandra