MJF e-newsletter October 2020
During October 2020, MJF continued its online advocacy efforts demanding effective measures by the Government and relevant agencies to prevent domestic violence against women and children during Corona situation. This e-newsletter highlights some of the activities undertaken during October 2020.
Anger over increasing rape in country
Various women’s rights organisations, led by MJF, expressed anger and deep concern over the recent brutal stripping and torturing of a woman in Noakhali which went viral on social media. MJF Executive Director Shaheen Anam said, “We are stunned and deeply saddened by this incident.” “Such incidents are increasing due to the culture of impunity. Women rarely get justice for the repression they suffer”, she added. Read the media statement here.
4,315 women and children victims of violence in Aug-Sept: MJF
A telephonic survey conducted by MJF and its 96 partner NGOs found that some 4,315 women and children became victims of violence during August-September, following withdrawal of coronavirus-induced shutdown and resumption of regular activities. A total of 1,081 children became victims of violence during this period. Details are available here.
Many people unaware about victim, witness protection: MJF
A study commissioned by MJF found that many people were unaware whether the country has a victim and witness protection law. Many also said they have no clear idea about “victim or witness protection”. This was revealed during a virtual conference organized by MJF on 22 October. 763 respondents across eight divisions of the country were interviewed for this survey-based report. Details are here.
Many child workers moved to riskier jobs in last 3 months
Some 7,800 out of 30,313 child labourers who were involved in risky jobs have switched to “riskier jobs” in eight districts between July and September, a survey by MJF’s 11 partner NGOs found. Some 5,600 child labourers migrated in search of job in past three months, and 2,400 have been forced to join new works at nominal wage, MJF said in a statement on 12 October.
99.8pc RMG workers say they’re not Covid-infected
A staggering 99.8 percent of the 430 garment workers claimed that they were not infected with Covid-19, according to a study by MJF. The study is based on telephone interviews of 330 female and 100 male workers in 21 garment factories in Dhaka and Chattogram. The findings were released through an online discussion on 4 October where Muhammad Abdul Mannan, MP Honourable Minister, Ministry of Planning attended as Chief Guest. The discussion proceedings and recommendations of the study are available here.
Fishermen need sustainable livelihoods and protection from climate change
On 20 October, MJF organized a webinar titled “Impact of Climate Change on the Bay of Bengal – Impact on Coastal Social-Ecological System.” Speakers attending the webinar observed that if the devastating effects of climate change on the marine ecosystem and coastal areas are not addressed, then the fishing communities of Bangladesh will be among the worst to suffer. The discussion proceedings are available here.
Preventing child marriage during Corona
MJF organized a virtual discussion on 13 October, in association with daily Samakal on how to prevent child marriages during Corona crises and if all important actors are prepared to face this emerging challenges. The discussion can be viewed here.
MJF’s dynamic Media and Communication Lead, Ms. Shahana Huda Ranjana, continued her advocacy blitz to influence public opinion on various socio-economic aspects. She wrote one op-ed on the plight of Bangladeshi illigal migrants, languishing in jails or refugee camps in many parts of Europe. In another piece, she touched on society’s apathetic behaviors towards mentally-ill people.