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Bridging the gap

  • Published at 02:08 am July 13th, 2018
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For a nation and its economy to flourish, it is of paramount importance that women in the workforce are allowed to reach their full potential -- and in this regard, Bangladesh has been doing a tremendous job of late.

Under the policies of the current government, we have taken major strides in not only reducing the gender gap, but also in creating positive social change through the development of women. 

Over the years, women’s participation in the economy has seen significant growth. This has been possible particularly due to mobilization of women throughout the country, and it has allowed for their voices to be heard. 

To that end, it is heartening to see the initiatives which have been introduced in the budget. From steps being taken for the prevention of gender-based violence, to providing income-generating training for women in all the districts, the government has plans for employing a holistic approach to empower the women and girls of our country. 

Women comprise half our population, and their contribution to the economy has been one of the crucial elements pertaining to our GDP growth. 

This means we need to focus on the right kind of training for the workplace. Women need to be equipped with technology-based skills in order to compete in today’s rapidly changing world, without falling behind. 

Our performance on a global scale has been nothing short of admirable, as we have left many of our neighbouring countries behind when it comes to the equitable treatment of women. Bangladesh has improved maternal health, earning opportunities, and education for women, but we cannot stop there.

Earlier this year, PM Sheikh Hasina was rightfully awarded the Global Women’s Leadership Award for her work in advancing women’s rights in Bangladesh. 

As our path to progress continues, the government’s pledge to empower the women and girls of Bangladesh is one that will tether us to the principles of sustainable growth, equality, and development.