Bangladesh postal service will soon get women drivers during the next recruitment cycle, according to the State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim.
The state minister said they will fill 20% of the driving posts with women at “HerStory: Women Trailblazers” exhibition held at the EMK Centre on Saturday.
During the inauguration of the exhibition dedicated to a hundred years of female leadership in Bangladesh, Tarana said: “Women are efficient making them safer drivers and less accident prone. They will help make the roads safer for everyone.”
Energies Group, in collaboration with EMK Centre organised the exhibition to mark International Women's Day. The framework of the exhibition is a timeline of outstanding women who made lasting contributions in the fields of science, politics, economics, arts and letters.
Panelists at the discussion said women empowerment is the reflection of gender equality that acts as a precursor to advancing a country's development such as - moving the country towards attaining middle income status and also inclusive and sustainable development of Bangladesh.
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State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim presides over a discussion "HerStory: Women Trailblazers” exhibition held at the EMK Centre on Saturday; March 11, 2017. Energies Group, in collaboration with EMK Centre organised the exhibition to mark International Women's Day. The framework of the exhibition is a timeline of outstanding women who made lasting contributions in the fields of science, politics, economics, arts and letters Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune
They emphasised the importance of a society that ensures equal opportunity and fundamental right for everyone.
Pointing out the lack of women role models in certain professions, prominent artist Kanak Chapa said: “Professions like that of artists, police officers, pilots and most scientific fields lack women role models that aspiring girls can look up to, which is why we need to work harder to break those barriers.”
However, there are certain professions where the labour force was almost equal between men and women, according to Lead Financial Management Specialist at World Bank Suraiya Zannath: “The recent labour force study found women constitute a major percentage in the manufacturing sector, almost equal to men. Health and education also have the second largest participation of women. In agriculture 50% of the labour force is women.”
The exhibition features works by Bibasha Hayat, Dilara Begum Jolly, Fareha Zeba, Joya Shahrin Huq, Kanak Chapa Chakma, Kazi Istela Imam, Saiq'a S Chowdhury, Najmun Nahar Keya, Nayma Haque, Nazlee Laila Mansur, Reetu Sattar, Rokeya Sultana, Salma Abedin Prithi, Saria Saguaro, Tabassum Salma Islam and Yasmeen Jahan Nupur and will be open to the public till March 31 from 9:30am to 8pm at EMK Centre.