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International Women’s Day today

Update : 07 Mar 2014, 07:31 PM

The International Women’s Day will be observed today in the country as elsewhere across the globe with a call to work for women’s rights, empowerment and gender equality.

This year, the theme of the day is “Equality for women is progress for all.”

President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia have issued separate messages on the occasion.

Various organisations, including the women and children affairs ministry, have taken up elaborate programmes to mark the day. The programmes include rallies, exhibitions, discussions, processions and campaigns for women’s rights.

In his message, President Abdul Hamid said the womenfolk alongside their male counterparts had been playing an important role in creative and development activities as partners of all developments and progresses since the beginning of civilisation.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, recalled the contributions of those who had played pioneering role at home and abroad, and whose dedications and sacrifices advanced a lot the struggle for establishing equal rights and status of women.

She called upon all to work together to make the country free from poverty, illiteracy, violence and exploitation by ensuring women empowerment, equal opportunities, establishing equal rights and involving women in the mainstream of development.

BNP Chief Khaleda Zia said: “Women’s participation must be ensured in all aspects of the state and society to build Bangladesh as a happy, rich and self-reliant country.”

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