We cannot close our eyes to the sad reality: Women are subjected to various kinds of harassment every single day
For women in Bangladesh, the fight for equality is far from over.
So much progress has been made by various sectors of the economy, and with the nation well on track to reaching middle income status, it really does not make sense that women would continue to be left behind.
On this International Women’s Day, let us remember that economic growth means nothing if we cannot ensure fair and equitable treatment for all women.
We cannot close our eyes to the sad reality: Women are subjected to various kinds of harassment every single day — harassment which takes place at the workplace, on the streets, and at home.
Our daily news is full of grim reports of rape and sexual assault.
How can we possibly talk about progress without addressing the fact that half of the population is still being mistreated on a regular basis?
Our RMG sector, which is the engine of our economic growth, contributing to 80% of the country’s export income, stands on the shoulders of the tireless work put in by women, who make up 55% of the industry’s workforce — but even there, women get a raw deal.
A recent report revealed that women consistently faced harassment at the hands of supervisors, and were not getting their proper due as stipulated by existing labour laws.
The past year has seen a surge of voices, globally as well as in Bangladesh, in the form of the #MeToo movement, saying: Enough is enough — the abuse and mistreatment must end, and sexual predators must face the music.
We hope the message of this movement carries through, so that true gender equality can one day be a reality in Bangladesh.