Involvement of women in the mainstream is essential for the establishment of an egalitarian society, inclusive and sustainable development, she said
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhur has said that women leadership is crucial in dealing with the adverse effect of Covid-19 in Bangladesh.
She said half of the population is women. Their contribution in terms of social and economic aspects is undeniable.
Involvement of women in the mainstream is essential for the establishment of an egalitarian society, inclusive and sustainable development, she said.
In addition to managing the family, women are constantly proving their worth in the workplace. The Speaker called upon all to work for the advancement of women leadership in various sectors by formulating innovative policies.
She came up with these remarks while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion titled "Women in Leadership: What Does It Take" organized by UN Bangladesh at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in Dhaka on Sunday.
The speaker also congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on receiving the 'Inspirational Leadership' award from the Commonwealth as one of the four women leaders for taking timely and effective action against the coronavirus pandemic.
UN Bangladesh Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo pointed out some fruitful examples of women in leadership and their contributions to fight against Covid-19.
She said: “The effects of the pandemic are compounding existing obstacles for women’s participation in the decision making process in public life. The drive to progress is unparalleled.”
“Women in leadership roles in the health response, security sector, keeping Bangladesh safe during lockdown showed that, in terms of women’s leadership roles women can be in charge despite the challenges they face in terms of management structure,” Mia Seppo added.
MP Selima Ahmad, also president of Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “Gap still exists in society regarding women’s position. Women and girls should be aware of it and fight for their self-respect.”
Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, additional director general at Directorate General of Health Services, said: “Women leadership requires empathy. It is very important for a woman to be empathetic.”
She said many women leaders have emerged due to the challenges brought up by the pandemic.