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Introduce electoral procedure for women-only parliamentary seats’

  • Published at 08:14 pm August 31st, 2015

Speakers at a discussion in Dhaka urged the government to improve women’s empowerment in parliament by introducing an electoral procedure for women-only parliamentary seats.

To accomplish this, they recommended rearranging the electoral area for the seats.

The discussion, organised by Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, took place yesterday around 3:30pm at Sufia Kamal Bhaban Auditorium, with BMP President Ayesha Khanam presiding. 

Reserved seat MPs Begum Shagufta Yasmin, Begum Jebunnesa Afroz, Begum Fozilatunnesa and Wasika Ayesha Khan of the 10th parliament and MP Rasheda Begum of the 9th parliament, Mahila Awami League President Ashrafunnesa Mosharraf, and Jubo Mahila League president Nazma Akhter were present.

The speakers said there are now 71 women in parliament; this number should reach 150.

Movement Secretary Kazi Sufia Akhtar said: “To empower women in parliament, an electoral procedure for women-only parliamentary seats should be introduced.”

She said this system should continue for two more terms with the number of seats increasing to 100 in this time.

Meanwhile, Khanam urged all to work for women’s empowerment in Bangladesh.