Gender equality must be ensured to reduce discrimination, human trafficking: Speakers

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Bhairab Correspondent:
Speakers Tuesday at a workshop remarked that the assurance of gender equality can contribute to reducing discrimination, human and sex trafficking from society.

They made this remark at the workshop organized by World Concern Bangladesh under ‘Ensure Protection and Justice Through Integrated Approach (EPJIA) Project at Bhairab Upazila in Kishoreganj district with government stakeholders.

Kalikaproshad Union Parishod Chairman Md. Liton Miah presided over the workshop attended by Assistant Upazila Agriculture Officer Md. Musa Miah, Union Parishad Member Most. Shimul Akhter, Most: Farjana Akter, Khurshida Begum,Md: Kowsar, Abdullah AL-Santu, Mujibur Rahman,Local leader Abu Hanif Khan World Concern Bangladesh’s Program Officer James Sunny Boiragee, Bhairab Micro Credit Program’s Branch Manager Nazim Sarker among others.

The workshop was attended also by religious leaders, journalists, teachers, professionals, Union Parishad Secretary, Govt. & local govt. representatives, NGO workers, civil society representatives, Imams and others.

Kalikaproshad Union Parishod Chairman Md. Liton Miah said “World Concern Bangladesh has been playing a vital role in preventing gender discrimination, human and sex trafficking in this region.”

He also said that the organization is trying to ensure child rights and protection in coordination with government to fulfill of SGD goals. Beside this they have organized social awareness program on early marriage, sexual human trafficking, reproductive health, Child labour, gender discrimination & sustainable livelihood.

“There is not alternative to eradicating gender discrimination for holistic development,” he said adding that “Women’s participation must be ensured beside men for keeping a balance in society and development.”

Attending the workshop, World Concern’s Micro Credit Program Branch Manager Nazim Sarker, said “World Concern Bangladesh is working in a diverse way to bring socio-economic development in this area.” The organization is helping students of vulnerable families and creating social awareness, he added.

Assistant Upazila Agriculture Officer Md. Musa Miah, said “Equity & equality is must to reduce gender discrimination. There is no alternative to eliminating gender discrimination. There must be equal rights of men and women to bring justice in society.”

Shibpur UP Member Most. Shimul Akhter said “gender discrimination is a barrier for society. To reduce gender discrimination & sexual human trafficking building awareness is must be ensured.

Program Officer James Sunny Boiragee said “Gender discrimination is when there are unfair rights between male and female. It differs because of their gender roles which ultimately leads to unequal treatment in life. Gender discrimination has been around for many centuries. However, as we are evolving, it is time to do away with such notions of gender roles.” “These social ideas and practices must stop to prevent gender discrimination,” he added.