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On the 30th of November 2016, the USAID-funded Protecting Human Rights (PHR) Program of Plan International and the Bangladesh Woman Lawyers’ Association (BNWLA) organized a dissemination seminar on the findings of the study entitled Five Years after Bangladesh’s Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act 2010: Is It Helping Survivors? In the seminar, the study findings and participants spoke of the challenges they (survivors, judges, lawyers, Women Affairs Officers, religious leaders, survivors and other major stakeholders of the DVPP Act) faced while filing a DV case or processing it. Some 66 representatives attended, including members of GoB, civil society, women activists, academia and media.
Professor Shahnaz Huda from Dhaka University, the principal author of the study, presented the study findings with recommendations for future actions to further amend the Act and suggested how to strengthen execution of the Act at all levels of society.
Special remarks were delivered by Nasima Begum ndc, Secretary of MoWCA, David Meale, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy, Umme Kulsum, Joint Secretary of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Abul Hossain, Project Director of Multi-Sectoral Project on Violence Against Women of MoWCA, Malik Abdullah Al-Amin, Director of National Legal Aid Services Organization (NLASO), Zinat Ara of WE CAN and Advocate Mitali Jahan of BNWLA.
The event concluded with an open forum on recommendations such as building the awareness and capacity of judges, police and related officials of GoB to facilitate the smooth judicial and practical implementation of the DVPP, enabling survivors of domestic violence and other human rights abuses receive financial compensation and necessary services such as medical assistance, temporary shelter and livelihood support.
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