Gender, human rights and village courts

17 Jul 2013

The Faridpur district administration with the assistance of Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh project organized a day long training workshop on 'Gender, Human Rights and Village Courts' on 17 July 2013 at the conference room of the Deputy Commissioner.
Mr. Mainuddin Ahmed, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Faridpur inaugurated the workshop as the Chief Guest while Mr. Bijoy Basak, Additional Police Superintendent of Faridpur was present as Special Guest and Mr. Md. Jahangir Hossain, Deputy Director of Local Government, Faridpur presided over the session.
The chief guest said, the judicial system is currently over burdened with pending cases, thus delaying justice. Village court can ease this burden by providing justice to the rural people. “Without ensuring the participation of women in mainstream development activities for removing the discrimination between men and women the real progress of the country cannot be achieved because women folk constitute fifty percent of the total population,” he added.
Mr. Anamul Haque Khasru, Training Associate of AVCB project, UNDP conducted the main session at the training workshop which highlighted the details of 'gender discrimination, human rights situation and village courts status in our country’.
He pointed out, since the introduction of village courts in six upazillas of Faridpur so far 4,114 cases have been resolved out of 4,282 registered cases. Md. Jahangir Hossain, Deputy Director of Local Government, Faridpur through a PowerPoint presentation shared the details of Village Court Rules 1976, the Act, 2006 and the necessity of gender mainstreaming in village courts. Roughly 67 participants including UNOs, UP Chairmen, members, lawyers, journalists, NGO representatives and civil society members were present at the workshop.