Government Policy

Denmark to help set up 9 trauma counseling centers

DHAKA, May 30, 2017 (BSS) - The Danish government will provide assistance for setting up 9 One Stop Crisis Centers, 7 One Stop Crisis Cells and 9 Trauma Counseling Centers to provide legal and medical care and counseling for abused women and children.

A memorandum of understanding in this respect was signed between Secretary of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs Nasima Begum and Danish Ambassador to Bangladesh Mikael Hemniti Winther in presence of State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Ministry Meher Afroz Chumki at her ministry here this afternoon.

Under the agreement, the Danish government will provide 24 million Danish kroner equivalent to Taka 27.60 crore to implement the project.

The project is expected to provide access to services of women and children who are victims of torture and to reduce persecution of women and children in the future.

Meher Afroz Chumki thanked the Danish government for continuously supporting Bangladesh and urged the women to further strengthen their economic empowerment. Nasima Begum said the government is working relentlessly to prevent violence against women and children. The government has launched a kind of mobile app to protect women.

Danish Ambassador to Bangladesh welcomed the initiatives of Bangladesh government to empower women. He said it would be possible to stop the oppression of women when a safe society was established for women.

Meanwhile, a multi-sectoral program (4th) is being implemented for the prevention of women's repression with the joint initiative of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and Denmark government.

The main objective of this project is to reduce violence and strengthen the service activities for women and children through coordinated efforts of various ministries and non-government organizations.

Under this project, one-stop crisis centers in eight medical college hospitals, 40 district Sadar Hospitals and 20 Upazila Health Complexes and divisional DNA screening laboratories are providing services for women and children suffering from torture.

National Helpline Centre for Violence against Women and Children, a helpline centre, is providing immediate service for victims and links up to relevant agencies. The helpline number is 109. It is a toll free number and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is accessible from all parts of Bangladesh and all beneficiaries can make call from both fixed phone and mobile phone. It's a confidential service that offers legal advice, police assistance, telephone counseling, referrals to other organizations service, information regarding violence issues.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)