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PM Hasina: Govt working to strengthen women’s position in society

Sheikh Hasina says special training programs are being undertaken for women so that they can become independent

Update : 09 Dec 2020, 02:23 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that the government is implementing various programs to strengthen the position of women in the society, to create women leadership and to increase women education.

"We want women of the country to step forward. Half of the population of this society is women. If women cannot prepare themselves equally with men... then how will this society be built?" she said at a program at Bangladesh Shishu Academy auditorium on Wednesday, marking the 140th birth and 88th death anniversary of Begum Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain.

The prime minister said that the government wants to build Bangladesh into a developed country, but that cannot be achieved if half of the society stays behind.

She said the government is giving importance to education and employment of women. The government wants to develop the socioeconomic condition of the country and is undertaking massive development programs to meet the goals.

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Hasina mentioned that special training programs are being undertaken for women so that they can become independent.

"This will be good for society and for the country. The country will be free from poverty. We’re working massively keeping that target in mind," she said.

The prime minister said that the government is constructing hostels across the country, even at district and upazila levels, for the working women, so that they get access to good accommodation.

State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatun Nessa Indira, on the prime minister's behalf, physically hands over the awards, medals and cheques to the awardees at a program marking the 140th birth and 88th death anniversary of Begum Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain, at Bangladesh Shishu Academy auditorium on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | Focus Bangla

"With this, women will be able to continue their jobs staying in secured places," she said.

Terming women and children repression a worldwide problem, she expressed her firm stance to stop these social menaces in the country and said that the government has already taken various measurers to this end.

Women empowerment

Sheikh Hasina said that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman wanted a developed and prosperous Bangladesh free from hunger and poverty. 

"To materialize the dream of the Father of the Nation, everyone, including men and women, have to participate equally," she said.

Referring to the dreams of Begum Rokeya, she said: “She wanted to see women stand on their own feet by attaining proper education.”

Hasina said that Bangladesh has now reached a position where women have stepped on to a dignified position and they are now working in higher capacities in the administration, judiciary and armed forces.

"Besides, the leader of the house, the speaker and leader of the opposition in parliament are all women in Bangladesh, which is an example for the whole world," she added.

She said it was the Awami League-led government which for the first time paved the way for female officers to occupy positions such as secretary, judge, deputy commissioner, superintendent of police and officer-in-charge.

The Ministry of Children and Women Affairs organized the event. State Minister for Children and Women Affairs Begum Fazilatun Nesa Indira and Secretary Kazi Rowshan Akhter also spoke at the program.

Earlier, the prime minister awarded the Begum Rokeya Padak 2020 to Dr Shireen Akhter in education, Col Dr Nazma Begum in women’s emancipation, Monjulika Chakma in socio-economic development, Begum Mushtari Shafi in literature and culture, and Farida Akter in women’s rights categories.

Begum Mushtari Shafi spoke at the program on behalf of the award recipients.

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