Male participation a must for success of #MeToo Movement

Published on: November 23, 2018

Without participation of males, the movement cannot achieve its desired goal and there will be no end to sexual harassment of women

 
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Speakers at the discussion at National Press Club, Dhaka on Thursday Focus Bangla
 
Speakers at a discussion have underlined the need for participation of people from all walks of life, especially males, in the #MeToo Movement running worldwide for its success.

#MeToo Movement-Bangladesh organized a discussion titled “#MeToo Movement in Bangladesh: Possibility and Challenges” at the National Press Club on Thursday, reports UNB.

Without participation of males, the movement cannot achieve its desired goal and there will be no end to sexual harassment of women, they said.

Around 30 women from different professions took part in the program and raised their voices against all types of sexual harassment against them.

Dhaka University Mass Communication and Journalism Department Chairperson, Prof Dr Kaberi Gayen said: “We must raise our voice against any sort of harassment of women. We must appreciate those women who are revealing what happened to them. If we don't expose the culprits, they'll continue to repeat such crimes.”

Demanding institutional steps against those involved in such kinds of crimes, she said: "In our country, most of the media houses and government and private organizations have no specific guidelines on sexual harassment of women. 

“Even in Dhaka University, if any female teacher is harassed by her male counterpart, the university authorities form a probe body to look into it instead of taking immediate action." 

Conducted by Udisa Islam, chief reporter of online news portal Bangla Tribune, Mushfika Laizu, Zakia Sultana Mukta, and Tashnuva Anan shared their experiences of sexual harassment at the program.

Prof Fahmidul Haq of DU Mass Communication and Journalism department, Executive Director of Ain O Salish Kendra, Sheepa Hafiza, Bangladesh Female Journalists' Association President, Nasimun Ara Haque Minu, and Banglavision News Editor, Sharmeen Rinvy, spoke at the discussion, among others.

Courtesy: https://www.dhakatribune.com/