An educated mother gives educated society, she says
Bangladesh Army's first female Major General Dr Susane Giti on Tuesday said Bangladesh will march ahead towards a higher development trajectory with women empowerment and their growing presence everywhere in a greater effective role.
"It's a big positive thing. Our development journey will continue with the growing empowerment of women. An educated mother will give us an educated society and thus contribute to the development of the country effectively," she told UNB.
Lauding Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's pioneering role in empowering women, Maj Gen Giti said though the women remained out of focus in the past, they are now coming to the forefront which is positive development for the country.
She expressed satisfaction seeing women in many important positions, including the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad and the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament.
Asked where she wants to see Bangladesh after the next five years, the head of Pathology Department of the Armed Forces Medical College said: "I want to see Bangladesh as a more developed country at a newer height."
Having a liberation war martyr as well as a former police officer as her father, Maj Gen Giti, when asked about her inspiration to join the Bangladesh Army, said her family played a role but the disciplined life of Bangladesh Army also attracted her.
"I grew up in Rajshahi. I had a desire to become a doctor. But joining the Bangladesh Army developed in me later. It is a disciplined life and the sense of responsibility attracted me the most," she reminisced.
Maj Gen Giti said she wants Bangladesh to remain unstoppable in its journey towards further development.
Recalling her service at the UN peacekeeping mission, she said Bangladesh remains on top in terms of priority always and Bangladesh and its peacekeepers are always loved for their dedication to the missions.
"We used to provide free medical services in rural areas (under UN missions) where we received much love and affection from people. They used to shout - 'Bangla', 'Bangla', when our cars were noticed; they wanted to learn Bangla."
Sharing Bangladesh Army's role as an institution, Maj Gen Giti said the Bangladesh Army always comes forward during critical times the country faces such as natural disasters, big incidents like the Rana Plaza disaster and in development work like the Hatirjheel beatification initiative.
"I feel proud of being a member of the Bangladesh Army which is always dedicated to the service of the country," she said.
When seeking her suggestions for the new generation, Maj Gen Giti said: "Be dedicated to your service."
Maj Gen Giti, also a mother of a son and two daughters, said her two children - one son and a daughter - are already in the medical profession while her younger daughter is now at higher secondary level.
She recollected the day she joined the Bangladesh Army as a memorable moment in her life.
However, she commented that the recognition conferred upon her is a big responsibility, even bigger being the first female Maj Gen. She said, "I want to provide better services though my professional knowledge."
Talking about challenges she faced along her long career, Maj Gen Giti said everyone faces some challenges but these challenges need to be overcome.
She expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister and the people of the country simultaneously and said she wants to perform better in the days to come. Her words, "Starting something new is always a matter of joy."
Earlier, Bangladesh Army chief General Aziz Ahmed and Quarter Master General Lt General Md Shamsul Haque adorned Dr Susane Giti with the rank badge of Major General at the Army Headquarters.
Her husband, Brigadier General (retd) Asadullah Md Hossain Saad was also a successful military expert physician.
Maj Gen Dr Susane Giti obtained the MBBS degree from Rajshahi Medical College in 1985.
She joined the Bangladesh Army as a physician in the rank of captain in 1986.
In 1996, she became the first woman to obtain an FCPS degree in Hematology. She also served as the expert pathologist for UN peacekeeping missions and several military hospitals.