It should come as no surprise to see our nation’s sustained position as the most gender-equal nation in South Asia
Amidst the busyness of the election season, it is important for all of us to remember the strides that Bangladesh has made, and continues to make, in its journey towards realizing both short-term and long-term progress.
Hence, Bangladesh remaining the most gender-equal country in South Asia, as stated in a report by the World Economic Forum, is certainly reason to celebrate the country’s continuous and sustained upward trajectory in both social and economic fronts.
Not only that, Bangladesh is the only South Asian country in the top 50, and has closed over 72% of its overall gender gap. On a list of 149 countries, Bangladesh ranked 48th, with Sri Lanka a distant second occupying the 100th position, with Pakistan second from the bottom at 148.
By now, it should come as no surprise to see our nation’s sustained position as the most gender-equal nation in South Asia -- just last month, the International Labour Organization announced the gender wage gap in Bangladesh to be the lowest in the globe, down to 2.2% last year against the world average of 21.2%.
However, despite the accolades, now is certainly not the time to rest on our laurels -- despite Bangladesh being in the top five on the political empowerment sub-index, the aforementioned report also notes that there is a widening gender gap in terms of labour force participation, while we have also slipped by one rank from last year’s 47th.
Needless to say, we need to keep this pace going.
The country is on the verge of turning a significant corner, and only through sustained cooperation from all sectors of the economy, not to mention the people, will we continue to enjoy this upward trend and achieve sustainable development in our economic goals.