We congratulate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for receiving the Planet 50-50 Champion and Agent of Change Awards for her contributions to the fight against climate change and gender inequality.
The prime minister’s leadership has been instrumental in driving the country’s progress, and will no doubt continue to play an important role in ensuring that we reach middle-income status, sooner rather than later.
Bangladesh has, in recent years, succeeded in achieving remarkable progress in meeting the Millenium Development Goals, having alleviated poverty, improving gender parity in education, and reducing infant and maternal mortality, among others.
We have come a long way, but our work is far from over.
Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals set out by the UN to tackle issues like hunger, inequality, and education will still be a challenge for Bangladesh.
The prime minister’s Planet 50-50 Champion award specifically should be a motivator for the country to move towards greater gender equality and towards ending violence against women. In spite of there being plenty of women in top positions in government, Bangladesh still lags behind in making the streets safe places for women, where assault and harassment are all too common.
Furthermore, many parts of the country still remain under the dark shadow of illiteracy and poor medical care, problems we must strive to eliminate.
Let these awards inspire the nation to get to work on fixing these problems. It is only through long-term planning, efficient implementation, and a united front that prosperity can be achieved for all.