Consultation to prevent violence against children and women held in Narayanganj
A consultation programme on violence against women and children was organized in Narayanganj on March 19, 2017. Save the Children along with its partner Social and Economic Enhancement Programme (SEEP) organized the event where Md. Sarowar Hossain, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Narayangonj was present as chief guest while Kamija Yesmin, district women and children affairs officer was present as special guest. Syed Matiul Ahsan, Senior Manager of Save the Children delivered welcome speech.
Representatives of 5 schools including teachers and students, marriage registers and members of local community organizations attended the event. Umme Salma, Gender Advisor of Save the Children presented key note paper. While referring to high rate of child marriage and recent spike in violence against children, she suggested to intensify combined effort to end child marriage. During various sessions, children and caregivers raised fundamental question regarding following issues:
- girls voice
- any mechanism in the form of committee within the structure of local government to end stalking to girls on the way to school and child marriage;
Boys wondered on practical solutions to end corporal punishment in schools and caregivers also inquired about their roles and responsibilities. In response to the question of a female counsellor, girls from different schools vowed not to marry before they become 18 years of old.
The consultation was presided by Asit Baran Biswas, ward counsellor (Ward no 15) of Narayangonj City Corporation. Proyash –urban DRR project of Humanitarian sector have been facilitating similar sessions in Dhaka, Naryangonj and Savar to reduce early marriage and increase enabling environment for girls and women in schools and communities.