A Training Workshop to Overcome Mental Obstacles of the Women and Girls Who Work for Victims of Violence

On 13th February, 2023, at 3 pm, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) organized a training workshop under the titled ‘Care for Care Giver’ at Anwara Begum-Munira Khan Auditorium. The training workshop discussed ways to overcome the bitter experiences faced by those women and girls who serve women and girls who are victims of violence.

The event was presided over by the president of the organization, Dr. Fauzia Moslem.
Dr. Manowara Begum, Life Member USA Psychiatric Society and USA Psychiatric Board Certified Psychiatrist, was present as the main speaker.

70 people including the leaders of the central committee of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, members and officials of various sub committees were present in the training workshop.

Psychiatrist Dr. Manowara Begum said, those who provide services to victims of violence, see and hear the horror and brutality of the torture of women and girls and become mentally disturbed. Frustration, depression, anger develop in them. She said, if you want to get rid of your depression and anxiety, you have to discuss your sadness, suffering, and depression with others, take help from others, take therapy if necessary, and sometimes keep yourself away from the situation.

Dr. Fauzia Moslem, the President of the organization, said that Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) is working to prevent violence against women and girls. One of them is receiving direct complaints from abused women and girls, handling cases and managing shelters. Those who are doing these works to support victims also have various mental anxieties. Today’s training workshop is being held to find out how they can reduce anxiety while working.

Maleka Banu, General Secretary of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP), said that Legal Aid and Rokeya Sadan Sub-Committee of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP), who work directly with victims of violence women, their mental health rarely gets priority.

Nasreen Mansoor, Secretary of Rokeya Sadan Sub-Committee, said that training on how to work in different situations is very important when working with women and girls who are victims of violence.
Advocate Dipti Sikder, Legal Advocacy Lobby Acting Director, Sabikun Nahar, Program Officer (Counseling), and Asru Bhattacharya, Rokeya Sadan Superintendent shared their work experiences in the training.

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