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Speakers for enacting law to end sexual harassment at workplaces

Published: April 03, 2018 20:56:00 | Updated: April 04, 2018 19:49:41


Speakers at a roundtable urged the government to enact a law in light of the High Court verdict to prevent sexual harassment as it has turned out to be a serious disease in recent days.

They said sexual harassment happens frequently at educational institutions and workplaces across the country.

Proposing a draft law on the issue, representative of Gender Platform, an NGO, said Bangladesh still lacks necessary law to protect women from sexual harassment although many countries in the world have already enacted and enforced law in this regard.

Fair Wear Foundation organised the discussion titled: "Consultation Meeting with Factory Management on Prevention and Protection of Sexual Harassment at Workplace and Educational Institution 2018" at the Daily Star Complex in the city on Tuesday.

The proposed law will be applicable for educational institutions and workplaces under public, private, semi-government, autonomous, formal, non-formal and individual organisations under private ownership.

The seminar was addressed by Catelene Passchier, president of the Workers Group of the ILO and Special Advisor of FNV, and Alexander Kohnstmm, executive director of Fair Wear Foundation, and representatives of different garment factories, NGOs and women rights organisations, reports UNB.

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