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Description of the Assignment: Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in ensuring a more equitable society, but there is work that remains to be done. While all stakeholders have been pushing for women’s equal footing with men in all spheres of life, the digital space still largely remains an arena where women are underrepresented and are far from being a safe space for women. Cyberspaces are becoming increasingly unsafe, and women and girls have been facing online harassment, bullying and blackmailing mostly for women and young people from all the context in Bangladesh. Online abuse and harassment have been driving women to quit social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, with nearly 60 per cent experiencing harassment, a global study has shown. Considering the context in Bangladesh, UNDP Bangladesh in coordination with Bangladesh Police is going to implement the project on combating cyber violence against women and girls to address the challenges and opportunities in making adequate awareness of building cyber smart women and young people. Bangladesh Police introduced dedicated support to address cyber violence against women by establishing the ‘Police Cyber Support for Women’ (PCSW) under the Lawful Interception Centre (LIC) at the Police Head Quarter in November 2020. This dedicated unit of Bangladesh police has been reluctantly addressing complaints about cyber violence being faced by women and girls. This unit is relatively new, but after establishing the Cell Bangladesh Police has been receiving an average of 200 complaints per day and a total of 19,290 complaints were registered, of which 12,435 complaints were solved, and 705 complaints are under investigation since the inception of the centre. However, PCSW has been running with its in-house capacity and home-grown skills while addressing the complaints from social media, emails and hotline numbers and also while delivering psycho-social counselling and advising on the legal process to access justice and legal aid services. Observing the increasing number of complaints and the complexity of the cyber violence that is being created in the context of Bangladesh, UNDP and PCSW unit of Bangladesh Police have agreed to build advanced institutional and professional services towards combating cyber violence against women and girls. Within the scope of the project, it is crucial to understand the opportunities towards developing the PCSW’s institutional capacity and police officials’ professional skills through the capacity and training needs assessment.
Period of assignment/services: 55 days over 07 months
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