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My name is Tania Mostari. I am a college student and President of Bangladesh Adolescent Girls' Rights Forum (BKAF) and Programm Director of Promoting Human Rights and Education in Bangladesh (PHREB).
Violence against girls is rampant in Bangladesh. Sexual harassment comes in all forms, and in all spheres of a woman's life. From ogling, winking, passing comments in the form of sexual innuendos, to touching, groping, eve teasing, stalking, sending lewd text messages, prank calls, display of pornography, threatening and intimidation, acid attacks and unwanted love proposals. Women from all walks of life has accepted such sexual harassment as part of their daily lives.
70% Bangladeshi adolescent girls married off at or before 16 and 90% of them become mother of one or two children by the age 19. Every years thousands of women killed by their husbands for dowry. Women have no agency and no voice in Bangladesh. Their voices are never heard.
They are not regarded as human being. Their simple identity is someone's wife, daughter, servant or girlfriend. A man can marry as many as he wants. He can demand as much as he wants. He is the supreme authority of the family, society and the country and women has nothing to do with family with society. She is simply a woman without any voice.
BKAF (Adolescent Girls Alliance) a project of PHREB (www.phreb.org) aims to give agency to girls and young women so that they can raise their voices, seek and ensure access to their basic human rights.