Workshop on promoting SRHR of persons with disabilities held

Published: 23 Nov 2020

Online Desk

A policy dialogue workshop on promoting SRHR of persons with disabilities in Bangladesh in the context of SDGs and UNCRPD was held on Monday in the city.

BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH), BRAC University organized the event, said a press release.

Ms. Zuena Aziz, Senior Secretary and Principal Coordinator, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office, attended the policy dialogue as chief guest while Dr. Veronika Fleger, First Secretary Human Rights, Humanitarian Affairs and Gender, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh attended the event as special guest. 

Dr. Sabina Faiz Rashid, Dean and Professor, BRAC JPGSPH, BRAC University inaugurated the policy dialogue with a welcome speech followed by Dr. Md Tanvir Hasan, Principal Investigator of the research project and Associate Professor, BRAC JPGSPH.

The objectives of the policy dialogue were to share some of the findings from a nationwide research project conducted by BRAC JPGSPH, BRAC University on the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of persons with disabilities in Bangladesh, discuss the policy implications of the study findings and receive feedback from diverse stakeholders (both from the government and non-government originations) on what can be done to improve the SRHR situation of persons with disabilities in the country. 

The study was funded by the Royal Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Ms. Fatema Akter Bonny, Senior Research Associate, BRAC JPGSPH, BRAC University shared the study findings, which were then followed by a discussion on this topic by the discussants, Dr. A M Pervez Rahim, Chief Coordinator (Joint Secretary), Autsim and Neuro-developmental Disability (NDD) Cell, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Dr. Ashrafi Ahmad (Joint Secretary) Program Director, Disability Detection Survey Program and National Program Director, CSPB Phase-2, Department of Social Services, Ministry of Social Welfare, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Ms. Mohua Pal, Co-founder, Access Bangladesh Foundation. 

The discussions that were held during the event focused on linking findings from the study about the situation of SRHR of persons with disabilities in Bangladesh with the commitments Bangladesh has towards achieving the SDGs and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).