While addressing a virtual seminar on ‘Future of Our Girl Child in the Context of COVID-19’ following ‘International Day of the Girl Child 2020’, speakers rightly stressed the need for moral education and
coordinated efforts from all stakeholders to prevent sexual harassment and child marriage and to ensure rights of girls.
The news of women being frequently sexually harassed is not surprising, especially in a country like Bangladesh where most of the people lack moral education about how their female counterparts should be treated. A plethora of news regarding sexual harassment of women highlights the vulnerability of women in Bangladesh, no matter where they go, what they do, and how they dress and speak. Therefore, besides enforcing laws, teaching moral education has become more of a necessity to reduce sexual harassment. We believe, shifts in cultural attitudes toward sexual harassment by creating a shared sense of public responsibility and accountability will be the most valuable tool in combating sexual harassment.
Shifts in cultural attitudes toward sexual harassment by
creating a shared sense of public responsibility and
accountability will be the most valuable tool
in combating sexual harassment
Being vocal about sexual harassment of women is a part of our social responsibility. We must sensitise people about sexual harassment of women and remove all kinds of discrimination and obstacles that prevent women from realising their full potential.
Greater public awareness about sexual harassment and more proactive involvement by all the stakeholders will hopefully reduce the incidents of sexual harassment and the devastation it causes. Sexual abuse is not just a women’s issue. Acknowledging sexual assault as a community-wide problem that impacts all persons regardless of gender is vital to preventing sexual assault. Women continue to be the primary victims of sexual harassment, and they are carrying the burden of suffering. Until males own their responsibility in the problem, it is going to be tough to build a strong social movement in addressing it.