The High Commission has taken sports as their theme this year to acknowledge the achievements and special efforts girls have made through sports internationally and in Bangladesh
The Australian High Commission in Dhaka highlighted the achievements of girls and women in different sports on the occasion of celebrating International Day for Girls with the theme–With her – Motivating the GirlForce through sports.
“Although sports could be an effective tool for women empowerment in the country, their success in several forms of sports is yet to be recognized,” said Shashwatee Biplob, senior Program Manager Development Corporation, of the High Commission.
He told the Dhaka Tribune on Thursday that the High Commission, has taken sports as their theme this year to acknowledge the achievements and special efforts girls have made through sports internationally and in Bangladesh.
They will be motivated and their parents will be more supportive of them if their achievements are exposed at the national and international level, he said.
This year, in January, Bangladesh U-15 won the Saff Football tournament. But the team lost its crown for this tournament in August this year to India. The Bangladesh female football team won the Saff U-18 this October and the Bangladesh female team became the group champion in the AFC U-16 group stage last month.
The Bangladesh female cricket team also made history by beating India in the Women's Asia Cup T20 2018 final in Kuala Lumpur this year. This is the first time Bangladesh has won this cricket trophy in Asia, which the Bangladesh male cricket team is yet to achieve.
Hamida Begum, general secretary of the Women Sports Complex, said sports is a path through which girls get motivated, they get a wider field to improve and can take themselves to a dignified position, but they are rarely recognized in this way.
The Australian High Commission’s Chargé de ’Affairs, Penny Morton, said the global scenario is that male players always have better exposure than women who consequently get fewer sponsorship opportunities.
She urged the media to provide greater exposure to the success of girls in sports so they gain more attention and proper sponsorship.
The High Commission’s Chargé de ’Affairs Penny Morton said: ‘There should not be any disparity in sports, nor in the workplace, nor in life, between men and women. Women and men should be seen as, and treated as, equals in all respects.’
Penny later presented female sports champions with a certificate to honour their leadership in sports.
The sports champions who attended the event were Zobera Rahman Linu, table tennis player, Shathira Jakir Jesy, Bangladesh national women's cricket team, Atiqua Binte Baqui, bike rider, Sherin Sultana, wrestler, Fariha Afsana Kanta, a sports journalist, and Mabia Akhtar, a weight lifter. Around 50 girls from Brac adolescent clubs and Tega, a program for girls, also participated in the celebration and took part in the “Motivational Clinic.”
Zobera Rahman Linu, one of the female sports champions at the program, expressed how she had faced societal barriers and was empowered by sports.
Confidence and determination with a dream is the key for a girl to be successful in life, and being a good human being is the core of success. “Only then will you be honoured from the heart of society,” she said.