Sheikh Hasina distributes Begum Rokeya Padak 2019 among winners
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday urged all to remain alert against all forms of repression of women, saying that enacting laws was not enough to end this menace.
"We’ve enacted laws, [but] only enacting laws are not enough. All – men and women – have to be aware so that no-one becomes victim of such torture," she told a program at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka, marking the 139th birth and 87th death anniversary of Begum Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain, reports UNB.
Hasina said special attention was needed to ensure the protection of women in all spheres of life.
The Ministry of Children and Women Affairs organized the event, which was also addressed by State Minister Fazilatun Nesa Indira and Secretary Kamrun Nahar.
Earlier, the prime minister also distributed the Begum Rokeya Padak 2019 among the winners, whom included Begum Selina Khalek, Prof Shamsun Nahar, Papri Basu, Begum Akhtar Jahan, and Dr Nurunnahar Faizunnesa (posthumously).
Begum Selina Khalek spoke at the program on behalf of the award recipients.
The prime minister said Bangladesh was marching ahead in terms of women development. She said that an evolution has taken place in the country through the awakening of self-confidence among the women, alongside changing social attitude, thanks to steps taken by the government.
"Bangladesh has also set an example in the world in terms of women development, just like it has become a role model in economic advancement," she said.
Hasina said the government was working to further develop the country taking men and women together to materialize dreams of the pioneer of women emancipation, Begum Rokeya.
Emphasizing the need for paying special attention to keep women and children protected, she said her government has enacted many laws as well as framed policies, rules and regulations and has been working to implement them.
Besides, rules on child marriage have been formulated to protect girls, she said, and expressed satisfaction that social awareness on this issue has been created because of her government’s steps and as a result child marriage rate has significantly declined.
The prime minister mentioned that inflicting torture on women and girls was a mental disease that has spread across the world.
Referring to Begum Rokeya’s dreams, she said that the great women wanted to see women stand on their own feet by attaining proper education.
She said Bangladesh has now reached such a position where women in a dignified position and they are now working in higher capacities in the administration, judiciary and armed forces.
"Besides, the leader of the House, the speaker and the leader of the opposition in parliament are all women in Bangladesh, which is an example in the world," she added.
Hasina said it was the Awami League-led government that for the first time has given posting of female officers as secretary, judge, deputy commissioner, superintendent of police and officer-in-charge.
Alongside these, she said, special training opportunities have been created for women to make them economically empowered.