Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) and Manusher Jonno Foundation organized a seminar on “Effective Strategy to combat Gender Based Violence – South Asian Perspective” on November 21st as part of the South Asia Social Forum events. The seminar, held in the Center for Advanced Research For Humanities at the Lecture Theatre Building of Dhaka University, gathered experience from the panelists and urged human rights activists to exchange ideas and best practices in combating the worldwide problems of violence against women.
The panelists for the seminar included: Mr M.B Akhter- Program Manager, Oxfam GB; Ms. Naheed Ahmed- National Program Manager, UN Women; Ms. Mahal Aminuzzaman, Acting Head of Section, Human Rights and Good Governance, DANIDA; Ms. Marriane Berner, International Program Manager, Joint Program to address VAW, UNFPA; and Dr. Abul Hossain, Director of Multisectoral Program, Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs. The session was chaired by Ms. Shaheen Anam, Executive Director of Manusher Jonno Foundation.
Each of the panelists gave a brief presentation on strategies implemented by their organizations to combat gender based violence in Bangladesh, the challenges faced, and the lessons learnt. The presentations were followed by a discussion where the issue of greater coordination between NGOs, civil society and government was stressed. (source: Press Release)