Women Rights & Gender Equity: Partnership with Law Commission

MoU Signing Between Law Commission-Bangladesh and ActionAid Bangladesh

Law commission-Bangladesh and ActionAid Bangladesh have attempted to review and reflect several laws related to ensure women’s participation and rights.

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Law Commission Bangladesh has outlined Biannual Work Plan for 2016-2017 to review the existing laws relating to family matters and formulate necessary recommendations in the frame of draft bills. At present, a considerable number of laws deal with women and children rights and family (Personal Law) matters. However, some of those laws are even half a century old and are not competent enough to protect victims or survivors, provide adequate reliefs and have often proved as discriminatory. Around 34 to 36 laws have been identified which will be reviewed as per contemporary requirement.

In these circumstances, Law Commission-Bangladesh and ActionAid Bangladesh have signed a MOU on 7 August, 2017. The Purpose of this MOU is to review existing discriminatory laws and policies that privilege patriarchal power structures and gender stereotypes and to bring equity based transformation to achieve women’s rights in Bangladesh. The initiative will also support the grassroots movement building strategies and negotiations to review and reflect the laws and policies.

In this regard, new opportunities have been opened as Law commission-Bangladesh and ActionAid Bangladesh have attempted to review and reflect several laws related to ensure women’s participation and rights.

 

Reviewing process:

In the banner of umbrella laws three categories will be reviewed i.e., I. Civil, ii. Criminal and iii. Laws related to Birth, Death and Marriage Registration.

The laws will be scrutinized mainly based on its discriminatory nature and inadequate penal sanction. Furthermore, easy and quick access to justice must be ensured. Moreover, it is also important to provide safeguard for proper execution of judgments and sentences pronounced by a competent court.

 

Mode of engagements:

This MoU will be effective from August 2017 to December 2019 with possible extension of further partnership.

In this process, AAB will provide technical and financial assistance to the Law Commission to organize and facilitate local, national and international level sharing, correspondence and mobilization for further advocacy. Law Commission will review the laws and provide a complete document/report along with recommendations for further advocacy with government.

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