The number of women in Bangladeshi judicial system is comparatively higher than many countries, he said
Women's rights must be ensured according to the legal framework, Law Minister Anisul Huq said on Friday.
“International Women's Day is the result of women's movement in establishing financial, political and social rights. And now we have to ensure women's rights through the current legal framework,” the minister said while addressing the annual conference of Bangladesh Women Judges’ Association at the Administration of Justice Training Institute in Dhaka.
The minister said: “Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina is an exemplary model of female leaders in the world. Under her leadership, the government has undertaken major plans to support women socially and economically. The number of women in our judicial system is comparatively higher than many countries.
“Not only in the judiciary, but women’s participation increased in all sectors as well, and is increasing day by day,” he added.
Addressing Bangladesh Women Judges’ Association, the minister further said: “It is our expectation that you aim to serve everyone equally. A female judge must think of herself as a judge, not a woman.”
Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, who also attended the ceremony, said the state departments were working relentlessly to protect women's rights.
Currently, the percentage of women judges is 27.5% in Bangladesh, and women’s participation in the judiciary is greater than that in America, Europe and India, he said.
Among others, Bangladesh Women Judges’ Association Secretary General Jasmine Begum, Justice Zinat Ara, Justice Fatema Najib, and Justice (retd) Nazmun Ara Sultana were present at the program, which was chaired by Senior District Judge Tanjina Ismail.