Humanitarian Crisis Management Programme (HCMP) of Brac has launched a hotline service for beneficiaries, volunteers, and the employees working under the HCMP for their protection.
The three groups are employee, beneficiary, volunteer working under the HCMP can lodge their complaint by dialing 01810002828 if they are victimised. Their identity, however, would be kept secret, reads a press release.
Females would get priority. Host community women in Cox's Bazar and women among the Rohingya community under the programme can file allegation to the number if they are victims of sexual harassment.
The hotline number was launched formally at an event organized at Brac Learning Centre in Cox's Bazar recently on the occasion of International Women's Day 2021.
Hasina Akhter Huq, area director of HCMP of Brac; Roberts Sila Muthini, acting head of HCMP; Md Shah Alam, head of Site Management, Shelter, Construction, General Food Assistance (GFA), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) of the same programme; Md Abdul Matin Shardar, head of Host Community Programme; Hasne Ara Begum, technical head of Gender-Based Violence (GBV); Md Mahmudul Hasan, assistant general manager of Human Resources Section of HCMP; and others were present.
Hasina Akhter Huq said the protection is not a matter of females, it is also a matter of males. So anyone regardless of gender can lodge their complaint if they are victims of sexual harassment, she added.
Under its HCMP, Brac provides gender-based counseling, medical, legal and financial supports to 39,599 women in Cox's Bazar so far.