The strength and importance of media in a democracy is well recognised. The existence of a free, independent and powerful media is the cornerstone of a democracy in a developing nation's society like Bangladesh. As in other countries, there are two popular categories of mass media in Bangladesh -- print media and electronic media.
For this media, now a days we get to know about what is happening around us. For example, yesterday, the whole day me and my mom were watching the royal wedding of kate and william. But without this media this major "ENTERTAINMENT" could not have been shared. But this is not the only use of media. Right? Media provides information. For example, I got to know in 2008 more than 772000 children were victims of maltreatment in US- about one in every 97 children. Ya, so what I was trying to say is, with the use of this media we have the chance to know the world around us.
The media has played a crucial role in promoting the development of human rights in Bangladesh, especially with respect to women's rights. Women in Bangladesh are some of the most vulnerable in the world. Although women leaders, Sheikh Hasina and Begum Khaleda Zia, have been governing Bangladesh since 1991, ordinary women have not obtained complete rights and security. In the year 2000, the United Nations rated Bangladesh as having the worst record of violence against women in the world. The UN Human Development Report 2004 listed Bangladesh as ranking 110th out of 144 countries with respect to the gender-related development index.
During the mid 1990s, the role of media realizing women's rights in Bangladesh became more noticeable. On August 24, 1995, a 14-year-old girl was on her way to her mother's house. It was a quiet evening in a district, when a group of police officers picked her up and assured her that they would drop her home safely. A day later, her dead body was found at the roadside and the entire district rose up in arms against the police and the local administration, forcing the government to take note of this incident.
This case represents one of the most shameful moments in Bangladesh's history. The public protests ignited by rape and murder made her a symbol of violence against women, of the violence of the powerful perpetrated on the powerless. But at the same time, public protest and women's movement in reaction to this murder also became a means of social resistance to such violence.
This is not only the scenario of Bangladesh. India, Pakistan, even US/ UK facing these issues. Women are violated. For example, I was reading an article of Fox News headlined "Grisly Murders Spotlight Violence against Women in Latin America". Her ex-boyfriend soaked her with alcohol and set her on fire. Can it be a way how you treat your ex-lover? She was one of the 260 women, killed in Argentina last year.
Even by the religious figures girls have been violated. It happens almost in all the religion. (Allah forbid me). For example, I had a Muslim friend who was being abused by her Arabic teacher (who is called huzur). In another article, I read about Julie Prey-Harbaugh, who shares a shocking tale of sexual abuse, named “My female Pastor Molested Me”. The boys also suffer these sorts of molestation. For these reasons, women suffer a lot. The ready made garment industry earns big dollars exporting outfits to sophisticated markets in the West. According to Rukmini, a garments worker and union leader, “"Every hour they keep asking how much we have produced. If the production is not sufficient in their view, they announce our names on the mikes. They abuse us in foul language: ''Have you come here to die, woman!," "They touch these young girls while talking, box their ears, hit them on their head," Rukmini adds.
These sort of abusive actions should be prohibited by everyone. I am not talking about only the women. I am also talking about the men. According to John Conyers, Jr., Michigan- "It's not enough for women to speak out on the issue - for the message to be strong and consistent, women's voices must be backed up by men's."
Every woman has to speak out, so that others can be with them.