Violence against women and girls (VAWG) remains one of the most pervasive yet least recognised human-rights abuses in the world. It is a worldwide problem, crossing cultural, geographic, religious, social and economic boundaries. It exists in the private and public spheres, and occurs in times of peace and conflict.
Many women and girls in Bangladesh experience physical, sexual or psychological violence throughout their lives, mainly due to structural inequalities and deeply-rooted social norms that condone violence and the subordination of women. Gaps in national capacities and limited knowledge of prevention strategies constrain effective prevention.
In response, UN Women has launched a project piloting and promoting good practices in four of Bangladesh’s tertiary educational institutions.
The report, entitled ‘Why Do Some Men Use Violence Against Women and How Can We Prevent It? Quantitative Findings from the UN Multi-country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific’ was conducted in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea. It explores the prevalence of men’s use of violence against women in the survey sites, and shows what factors make men more or less likely to use violence.
The quantitative study, "Men's Attitudes and Practices Regarding Gender and Violence Against Women in Bangladesh" was conducted by icddr,b, with UNFPA and Partners for Prevention in 2011 to explore men’s attitudes and practices regarding gender and violence against women.