Women’s rights remain crucial, also within a Gender Transformative Approach. Addressing sexual harassment, which is very common in Bangladesh – also within NGOs-, is key. An important focus is to ask ourselves continuously what makes it so difficult for women (and sometimes also men) to address sexual harassment. Why this behaviour is unacceptable at all times, and how to prevent it. It is everyone’s responsibility to address undesirable behaviour, to support the victim, and to actively contribute to a culture without sexism and discrimination. This should be guided by strong leadership and by having supportive policies and structures in place. After all, silence is never neutral, but can be an explicit form of complicity.
Shifts and transformations about gender roles are ongoing, with benefits for everyone, including greater acceptance of someone’s gender – and of a sexually diverse community. At the end of the training insight into each other’s socialisation had increased, which resulted in more empathy and space for new possibilities.
It was, yet again, impressive to witness the possibilities of a three-day training with a group of people that already went through numerous SRHR training courses and processes. Let these change makers continue moving forward. We have nothing but trust in these amazing people.
Rachel Ploem |