Sexual harassment, the worst form of mental and physical torture, severely obstructs the basic and fundamental human rights of the women to education, movement and safely living in society.
Gender experts expressed the views at a training course on 'Psycho-social inspiration affairs issues' arranged under the Gender Justice and Diversity Project at BRAC Learning Training Center in Rangpur on Monday, reports BSS.
BRAC organised the course under the 'Meyeder Janno Niarapod Nagorikotta (MEZNIN)' program for teachers of different secondary level schools, guardians, members of the community watch groups in Sadar upazila.
Gender climate specialist of MEZNIN Program of the project Mostafa Kamal conducted the training course as the chief trainer.
Sector specialists of MEZNIN Program of BRAC Zannatul Ferdous and Gauri Banik conducted and moderated different sessions of the training course.
Citing media reports and research findings, the gender experts said sexual harassment has become a severe barrier for the womenfolk, especially the school and college-going female students, hampering safer movements and basic human rights.
Zannatul Ferdous termed sexual harassment the severest form of physical, mental and psychological tortures on women and female students and stressed a changed social mindset to free the society from the clutches of the grievous menace.
Gauri Banik emphasized launching an effective social movement to free the society from sexual harassment.
Mostafa Kamal discussed fearful consequences of sexual harassment for the young generation, family, society and human civilization and called for taking stringent measures to save the youths from the curses.
He asked the teachers, parents, community watch group members, religious leaders, public representatives, officials and employees, socio-cultural activists, professionals and community leaders to come forward for bringing an end to sexual harassment.
Taking part in the discussion, the participants called for launching a vigorous movement involving every stakeholder with community people to create public awareness with a changed mindset for eradicating sexual harassment once for all from the society.