I am glad that the second report on Violence against Women (VAW) Survey prepared by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) is being launched. Violence against women is a serious human rights, public health and developmental issue worldwide. That EU has contributed to the successful completion of this survey is a positive achievement at a time when VAW is duly acknowledged as a matter of highest concern by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Intimate partner violence is the most common type of VAW. But women are also exposed to other kinds of violence including sexual harassment in the workplace, violence inflicted because parents are unable to pay dowry demands, pregnant women’s deaths associated with violence and injuries, girls and women subjected to trafficking, rapes, and acid-throwing. All types of violence against women listed in the Beijing Platform for Action (PFA) occur in Bangladesh. Statistics show that nearly two out of three women have experienced Gender Based Violence (GBV) during their life time. The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) recognized the importance of addressing and eliminating violence against women and has stressed that the State must take effective action to address this problem.
The VAW surveys, 2011 and 2015 under BBS filled the vacuum of nationally representative, quantitative data on violence against women in Bangladesh. I believe that the VAW Survey 2015 results are of real benefit to policy makers and civil society actors for policy planning, implementation and monitoring in view of progressing towards a society free from all forms of violence, discrimination and inequalities. Bangladesh will be in compliance with the United Nations declaration on making data available to measure the violence against women.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt thanks to the Secretary, Statistics and Informatics Division, to the Director General of BBS and all other concerned for their relentless efforts in conducting the survey and bringing out this report.
I thank also UNFPA Bangladesh for providing technical assistance to BBS in conducting this survey.
I wish the Violence against Women Survey 2015 the best possible follow-up. It is an important step stone in addressing a matter too often perceived as a taboo. To change the life of many.
HE Mr. Pierre MAYAUDON
Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union in Bangladesh