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‘Govt will ensure equal ancestral property rights for women’

  • Published at 02:35 pm May 21st, 2019
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State Minister for Social Welfare Sharif Ahmed joins a photo session with the awardees after an award- giving ceremony organized by Nari Unnayan Shakti (NUS) at the National Presas Club on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The state minister made the comments while addressing an award ceremony organized by Nari Unnayan Shakti (NUS) at the National Press Club on Tuesday

State Minister for Social Welfare Sharif Ahmed has said the government is planning to amend existing law to ensure equal rights to ancestral property for both men and women.

"The government is considering bringing a change to the law to ensure equal rights to ancestral property for both men and women. Women will not suffer from a sense of economic insecurity if they get equal rights to property," he said.

The state minister made the comments while addressing an award ceremony organized by Nari Unnayan Shakti (NUS) at the National Press Club on Tuesday.

A total of seven journalists from print and electronic media received awards for their outstanding reporting on women's oppression.

They are Rita Bhowmik (Jugantor), Nasima Khatun (Ittefaq), and Ehsanul Haque Khan (Dainik Arthoniteer Kagoj); who received first, second, and third place in the print media section.

Meanwhile, Sharmin Ibrahim (Banglavisition TV), Humayun Kabir Surjo (News24 TV), and Naznin Akhter (Mohona TV) ranked first, second, and third in the electronic media section.   

Mahfuzur Rahman, editor at UNB, and Dr Sultan Muhammad Razzak, director of Operations and Marketing of American International Hospital Ltd, were also present at the function, among others.

Addressing the award ceremony as the chief guest, State Minister Sharif said women must be empowered for the economic development of Bangladesh. 

Repression against women will decrease if women are empowered more, he added.

Minister Sharif said although the number of working women is increasing day-by-day, most of them do not get to spend their earnings by their choice. Only 15.8% of women spend money according to their own choice.

Highlighting that the government is emphasizing the importance of women's empowerment, he urged all to work together to prevent oppressive acts against women.

Urging journalists to be more responsible towards news publishing, the state minister also said that media has an important role to play in the process.

UNB Editor Mahfuzur Rahman said: “We need to improve the quality of journalism and that is why standard training is necessary. We have responsibility towards the society, so we must be committed to it.

“The society is advancing, for which many complexities are also arising. The work of journalists is to break these complexities, he added.