Seminar on strengthening Helpline 109 held
PANCHAGARH, Feb 24: A day-long seminar on 'Strengthening activities of National Helpline Centre 109' was held on Monday in the conference room of the deputy commissioner (DC) office in the town.
The Toll-free Helpline for Women and Children in SAARC Member States (Bangladesh) under the Multi-Sectoral Programme on Violence against Women of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs organised the event.
More than 50 government officials, female and male public representatives, women activists, teachers, religious leaders, freedom fighters, professionals and civil society members participated in the event.
DC Sabina Yasmin attended the seminar as chief guest with Deputy Director of the Department of Women Affairs Rokhsana Mamtaz in the chair.
Additional DC (General) Abdul Mannan, Additional Superintendent of Police Alamgir Hossain, District Legal Aid Officer and Senior Judicial Magistrate Ahsan Habib and Sadar Upazila Chairman Amirul Islam addressed the seminar as special guests.
Assistant Commissioner Nazrul Islam discussed various aspects of the Helpline Centre to provide emergency support instantly for combating violence against women and children.
District Information Officer Nayeemul Haque, Vice-Chairmen Razia Sultana of Tentulia Upazila and Ritu Akhter of Debiganj Upazila, President of District Mahila Sangstha Munira Pervin, Freedom Fighter Alauddin Prodhan, journalists Shafikul Islam and Shahidul Islam Shahid, among others, spoke.
The speakers put importance on strengthening awareness raising activities about National Helpline Centre 109 and mobile phone-based 'Joy' apps so that the women and children in need could use those to save them instantly from becoming victims of violence.