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'Consider both women, men's issues to ensure gender equality'

  • Published at 02:29 pm October 31st, 2019
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Women are lagging behind in job sector and policy making, in comparison to men

Bangladesh Save the Children Gender Advisor Umme Salma has said issues of women, as well as men, should be considered to ensure their equal rights.

She made the statement in a program titled “Youth Consultation on Bridge the Gap” organized by Save the Children at its Gulshan office in Bangladesh on Wednesday.

Around 50 students from public and private universities participated in the program to engage themselves in ensuring gender equality,  said a press release on Thursday .

Few university students opined, although a good number of women are getting educated, not many are engaged, or cannot get engaged in the job sector or policy making. In most cases, they are lagging behind in comparison to men.

Ananya Sharma Proma, a student of Dhaka University, said: "Women are ahead of men in education, but the scenario is not the same in job sector.”

 "One of the reasons is that women need to take care of their families and requires permission from their husbands (to work)." 

The students also pointed out that violence against women still exists in the society and needs to be addressed properly to ensure women's safety.

 An Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) activist Nusrat Amin expressed her anger over the absence of law on sexual harassment and said: “Women harassment has not decreased yet, rather child harassment incidents have soared.”

Anisul Haque a well-known writer and journalist said: “More girls are now going to school than ever before.” 

"They might not get higher studies in every context but education is making them confident and reforming their thoughts.”

According to UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, there are fewer girls compared to boys in the higher secondary, post-secondary and tertiary level education in Bangladesh.