Brac is implementing different programmes for development and ensuring security for local as well as Rohingya women, Hasina Akhter Huq, area director of Humanitarian Crisis Management Programme (HCMP) of the organisation said on Monday.
Speaking at a discussion marking the International Women's Day she said, "The issue of safety of Rohingya women and child protection is being given top priority."
The discussion programme was jointly organised by The Office of Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC), UN Women, World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Brac, at Women's Market of Camp-5 at Kutupalong in Ukhiya upazila of Cox's Bazar.
Speakers at the discussion said ensuring the safety of Rohingya women is the main challenge for them.
Besides, discrimination and repression to women, and freedom of movement, hindrance to women's participation in different development programmes and taking legal protection services are being considered as the challenge regarding advancement of women, they said.
Musfiqul Alam Halim, senior assistant secretary, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief & in-charge of Camp-5, Safiq Ullah Safiq, legal officer, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Hendrik Gideon Van Zyl, head of sub office, UNDP, Cox's Bazar, Flora Macula, head of sub office of UN Women, Sudip Joshi, deputy emergency coordinator of WFP, Nicole Epting, senior coordinator of Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), Hasne Ara Begum, technical head, Gender, Gender Based Violence and, host and Rohingyas community leaders were also present at the programme.
Musfiqul Alam Halim, in his speech, called on all concerned to inform the camp office if any incident of violence against women takes place at Rohingya camp.
Accoring to statistics by ISCG (2017), of the total Rohingya refugees, 52% are women and girl children and ages of 55% of those are between 18-59 years.