Sexual harassment of girls in universities-colleges alarming

Dhaka, Oct 8 (UNB)

Seventy-six percent female students face sexual harassment during their study period in tertiary level educational institutes within and outside campus by campus related people.

The tendency is highest in public universities (87 percent), followed by university-colleges (76 percent), private universities (66
percent) and medical colleges (54 percent).

The findings ware revealed at a Study Findings Dissemination Seminar on ‘Situational Analysis of Sexual Harassment at Tertiary Level Education Institutes in and around Dhaka.’

Human Development Research Centre (HDRC) conducted the study under MDG Achievement Fund and Support from UN Women organized the seminar on Monday at BRAC Centre Inn Auditorium to share the study findings with relevant people.

Professor Dr. AK Azad Chowdhury, chairman (State Minister), University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGC) attended the
occasion as chief guest while Professor Dr. Abul Barkat, study team leader and chief advisor (Hon), HDRC disseminated the findings of the study.

Professor Azad Chowdhury said that the sexual harassment at the educational institutions are the concerns of social movement. So, instead of looking into the incidents of violence against women separately, they should be treated with priority through a social movement to ensure women empowerment inside the society in every level.

He also said from the side of UGC, we can request and facilitate the universities to ensure woman-friendly educational atmosphere and also to broaden the counseling services for female students and form Complaint Committee in every university against sexual and other harassment of female students.

The seminar was also addressed by Dr. Abul Hossain, project director, Multi Sectoral Project on Violence Against Women, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Aroma Dutta, Executive Director, PRIP Trust as special guests, Mahtabul Hakim of UN Women Bangladesh delivered the welcome speech.

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