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ILO, UNFPA sign MoU to combat sexual violence

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have agreed to strengthen their collaboration in Bangladesh in particular efforts to combat sexual and gender-based violence, as well as to strengthen sexual and reproductive health and rights.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between ILO and UNFPA here today by Srinivas B Reddy, ILO Country Director for Bangladesh and Ms Argentina Matavel Piccin, Representative of UNFPA in Bangladesh in the presence of Robert Watkins, UN resident Coordinator Sarat Das. Chief of Mission, IOM Dhaka was also present during the ceremony.

The MoU will guide both agencies to collaborate on matters of common interest under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework for Bangladesh and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The partnership between the two UN agencies will work to ensure that workplace are free of sexual and gender based violence as well as more supportive of the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls.

UNFPA has in the past years worked with the BGMEA and several ready-made garment factories to provide sexual and reproductive health services and training on gender-based violence response and prevention.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)