Bangladesh: Pivotal Moment to Stop Violence Against Women
Enforce Policies, Provide Services, End Barriers and Corruption in Justice System
Wednesday 28 October 2020
(New York, October 28, 2020) – Women and girls in Bangladesh are facing increased domestic violence during the Covid-19 pandemic, highlighting long-term systemic barriers to legal recourse, protection, and social services, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. This crisis comes as Bangladesh enters the final phase of its national plan to build “a society without violence against women and children by 2025.”
In spite of this goal, Bangladeshi women and girls face endemic violence in all facets of their lives. As one women’s rights lawyer said, “Society thinks domestic violence is silly violence, that it’s something that normally just happens in the family.”
The 65-page report, “‘I Sleep in My Own Deathbed’: Violence against Women and Girls in Bangladesh,” draws on 50 interviews to document the obstacles to realizing the government’s goal of a society without violence against women and children. Human Rights Watch found that despite some important advances, the government response remains deeply inadequate, barriers to reporting assault or seeking legal recourse are frequently insurmountable, and services for survivors are in short supply.