No right is realized through shouting and delivering address, but on the basis of skills, says the prime minister
Women in Bangladesh are marching ahead defying all the social barriers, and they are now in high positions in all sectors, such as the judiciary, education, administration, armed forces and law enforcement agencies, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said.
“Women account for half of the country’s population. This society cannot advance properly if women remain ineffective,” she said on Monday, addressing the inauguration of a program on the occasion of International Women's Day at Bangladesh Shishu Academy auditorium.
The prime minister joined the program virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban, reports UNB.
The Ministry of Women and Children Affairs arranged the event with State Minister Fazilatun Nessa Indira in the chair.
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh Mia Seppo was present as a special guest. Women and Children Affairs Secretary Md Sayedul Islam delivered the welcome address.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is “Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world.”
Addressing the event, the prime minister said women were now playing significant roles in politics, diplomacy, education, art and culture, research, trade and commerce, sports, and investigation.
She said the government had passed laws intended to protect women and children from all types of violence.
Describing briefly the various development programs taken for women, she said the government was building hostels for working women in all divisions, and these will be constructed in phases at the upazila level.
She also said the government had directed all concerned to ensure daycare centres for children in all establishments. "This is urgently needed so that working mothers can look after their children and do not have to leave them alone at home," she said.
The prime minister said women in Bangladesh were now at an equal level along with their male counterparts in education, sports and in the creative field.
She urged the women of the country to be more qualified through education and training to attain their own rights. "If we want to advance this society, irrespective of women and men,all of us have to go forward together," she said.
Sheikh Hasina also recalled her mother Begum Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib, who worked for the country along with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, giving him inspiration, courage and suggestions all the time.
Recalling the role of the father of the nation in upholding the dignity of women, Hasina said Bangabandhu ensured their equal rights in all spheres of life.
About Bangabandhu's various steps taken for the rehabilitation of the women who were tortured by Pakistani occupation forces and their local cohorts, she said many parents did not accept their daughters violated during the Liberation War.
"Bangabandhu had arranged the marriage of those girls and told my mother to write his name (Sheikh Mujibur Rahman) as their father and Dhanmondi 32 as the address of those girls who didn't want to disclose their identities," she said.
A documentary on Liberation War, Mujib Year, and women’s development and empowerment in Bangladesh was also screened at the event.
Earlier, State Minister for Woman and Child Affairs Fazilatun Nessa Indira, on behalf of the prime minister, distributed the Joyeeta Awards among five winners for their achievements in life. Each winner got Tk1,00,000 cheque, certificate and Uttorio.
The winners are Hasina Begum Nila of Barisal district, Miftahul Jannat of Bogra, Mosammat Helennachha Begum of Patuakhali district, Rabijan of Tangail district and Anjana Bala Biswas of Narail district.
Hasina Begum Nila, one of the award winners, also spoke at the program.