UN rights expert urges greater accountability for acts of violence against women in Bangladesh

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Rashida Manjoo

The Government of Bangladesh is being urged to address the challenges faced by women who are victims of violence in accessing justice and seeking redress.

The call comes from the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Rashida Manjoo.

She says "The absence of effective implementation of existing laws, the lack of responsive justice systems, and impunity for acts of violence, was the rule rather than the exception in cases of violence against women".

The human rights expert who wrapped up an official visit to the country on 29 May, noted that the most pervasive form of violence against women in Bangladesh is domestic violence, with a high percentage of married women reported having experienced violence at the hands of a spouse and/or in-laws.

Ms. Manjoo acknowledged the efforts made towards empowering women in Bangladesh, but expressed her concerns at the strong persistence of patriarchal attitudes towards women as well as stereotypical views regarding what their roles and responsibilities should be. "Such attitudes and behaviour have the effect of perpetuating discrimination against women and girls, and contribute to the continuation of violence against them," she said.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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