Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA) v. Government of Bangladesh, et al. (2009)

The Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA), a group of women lawyers aiming to promote women and children rights, filed a writ petition against the Government seeking urgent steps be taken to prevent sexual harassment against women at the place of work or study. The petition highlighted several instances of sexual harassment in workplaces as well as in places of study. Bangladesh did not have any legislative provisions protecting women from abusive behavior by men in high-level positions in the workplace or in educational institutions at the time the petition was brought. BNWLA requested that the Court order the Government to pass legislation aimed at preventing sexual harassment and protecting and safeguarding the rights of women.