UN wants to work with UGC to prevent sexual harassment at university level

 

UN wants to work with UGC to prevent sexual harassment at university level

United Nations (UN) is willing to work with University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh to prevent sexual harassment in all public and private universities of the country.

The interest was shown when Ms. Christine Hunter, Country Representative, UN Women, Bangladesh called on UGC Chairman Professor Abdul Mannan at the latter’s office on 13 March 2017. Dr. Md. Khaled, Secretary, UGC also spoke on the occasion. Christine Hunter was accompanied by Mahtabul Hakim, Coordinator-EVAW, UN Women, Bangladesh.

UGC Chairman welcomed Christine Hunter at his office and briefed her about the measures taken by UGC and the government of Bangladesh to prevent sexual harassment in Bangladesh. He said that sexual harassment is not only a problem for Bangladesh but it is a global problem. Sexual harassment takes place on-campus and off-campus across the world.

The best way to prevent sexual harassment is social awareness building, he observed. He also informed that each university in Bangladesh has a committee for prevention of sexual harassment. UGC has formulated a guideline as per the directive of High Court to prevent sexual harassment in public and private universities.