Ahmad Tousif Jami, Yosra Suzanne Rahman
This April, on the month of SAAM, The Resistance is hosting their first-ever live virtual workshop titled “Sexual Assault: The Aftermath”.
The target of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is to increase public awareness about sexual violence, educate communities on its prevention, and bolster prevention initiatives in the future. Although feminist activists have undertaken several mechanisms to “Prevent” sexual assault, adequate knowledge on what a sexual assault survivor should do to avail medical, legal, and psychological support is still absent. As a result, in 2020, thousands of women were sexually assaulted or raped but only a handful of cases were filed. The workshop aims to fill up that knowledge gap to achieve justice for those who have been wronged. Step-by-step instructions will be given from which bodies of authorities should be contacted to how the legal procedures will be carried out. Such a heinous experience requires a certain sensitivity towards the victim, so this will be discussed along with a plethora of topics.
The virtual workshop will be hosted on 22 April 2021, Thursday at 09 PM (Bangladesh Standard Time, GMT+6). The workshop will be taken by Taslima Yasmin, Associate Professor, Department of Law, University of Dhaka. It will be aired on the official Facebook page of The Resistance and will be open for all.
The Resistance is a network for all contemporary feminists who want to learn, unlearn and resist patriarchy. The network has a filtered facebook group for interactions among members. Various initiatives are being carried out that include dissecting pop culture’s contribution to rape culture, interviewing the unheard- RMG workers, the indigenous women, etcetera to create full-fledged publicly digestible contention. The Resistance also holds internal study circles regularly, exploring the workings of patriarchy, spanning from the past to the present, and how the average individual can do something about it. The sessions are facilitated by renowned gender faculties, development practitioners where our members participate and actively interact on important feminism issues.