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From where I stand: Learning sessions gave me the courage to aim for a career as a police officer and end illegal behaviour against women
Jesmin Aktar lives in a village of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. She regularly attends UN Women's "Shanti Khana" [Multi-Purpose Women's Centre – MPWC] learning sessions and is dedicated to improving her life by pursuing a challenging job and contributing to society.
In the past 18 months, by trapping women with their abusers, COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns have worsened the already-widespread violence against women while preventing many of them from getting help. But even those who do manage to contact the police come up against another long-standing challenge: a culture and system that treats the survivor as a big part of the problem.
From flash mobs to bicycle races, street marches to art exhibits, and even illuminating landmarks and buildings in orange light, people around the world banded together during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence by “oranging their neighbourhoods.”
Acting Head of UN Women Lakshmi Puri calls for Egyptian women’s voices to be heard without threat of violence
Lakshmi Puri expresses concern over reports of the high prevalence of sexual assaults against women in public spaces. She urges women's participation in public life and says the inclusion of their needs and priorities in any political solution is a prerequisite for inclusive democracy in Egypt.