Violence against Women and Girls in Bangladesh: Barriers to legal recourse and support

Women and girls in Bangladesh are facing increased domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is highlighting pre-existing systemic barriers to legal recourse, protection, and social services. This crisis comes as Bangladesh marks the anniversaries of two landmark pieces of legislation on gender-based violence (GBV) and enters the final phase of its plan to build a society free of violence against women and children. Despite this, evidence shows that women and girls still face extreme levels of violence. It is also apparent that survivors of GBV have little or no access to support or legal recourse.

This report draws on 50 interviews to document the obstacles to realizing the Bangladeshi government’s goal of a society without violence against women and children. It presents key findings, as well as recommendations on how to move forward. 

 

Published 2020-11-02

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Publication year
2020
Format
pdf, 73 p.
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© 2020 Human Rights Watch
Region
South Asia
Country
Bangladesh
Identifier
ISBN: 978-1-62313-8752

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Publisher
Publication year
2020
Format
pdf, 73 p.
Rights
© 2020 Human Rights Watch
Region
South Asia
Country
Bangladesh
Identifier
ISBN: 978-1-62313-8752