Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to Stop Violence Against Women
As part of Bangladesh Women in Technology initiative to raise awareness of Information Communication Technology and Violence against Women, BWIT participated in the Roundtable. Bangla daily Prothom Alo, which is the largest circulated newspaper, and Bangladesh Federation of Women Entrepreneurs (BFWE) jointly organised the roundtable, “Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to Stop Violence Against Women”, on 17 August 2013 at Prothom Alo, Dhaka.
Former adviser to a Caretaker Government and BFWE President Rokia Afzal Rahman said by empowering themselves, women were helping their families. When success comes, it brings money, cellphones and so on but women have to be careful about misuse of their cellphones, she said. Former adviser caretaker government Rasheda K Chowdhury said technology was like a sharp knife. A criminal would use it to kill someone, while a surgeon would use it to save lives, Shaheen Anam, executive director of Manusher Jonno Foundation, said technology has been recognised as a tool for women empowerment. Women need support from all, including their families, to prevent violence against them. Abul Hossain, project director of Multi-Sectoral Programme on Violence Against Women under the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman assured to organise more discussions and roundtables featuring representatives from different sectors to strengthen social awareness to stop violence against women. Luna Shamsuddoha, President BWIT, Shamima Begum, AIG, Dhaka Metropolotan Police, Women Suport and Investigation Division, Javed Morshed, a cyber crime expert, and Shamima Parveen, senior programme officer, UNFPA, Rubina Farouq, Vice President a spoke at the Event. Speakers at a roundtable reiterated that a collective effort must be taken to stop such violence against women. Munir Hasan gave a comprehensive presentation on violence against women.