Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the womenfolk to attain power with their own ability as her government made efforts to empower them with equal opportunities.
“They need to achieve the power with their own capabilities as none will hand over it to them,” Hasina told a gathering in Dhaka organized to mark the International Women’s Day on Saturday.
The Prime Minister referred to the women representatives in the local government institutes and asked them to act. The government has ensured representation of the women in the local government bodies to make them politically empowered.
Hasina said her government has made reserved one-third seats for women in the local body elections such as unions, upazilas and municipalities alongside a seat for woman vice-chairman in upazilas as they can perform specific responsibility.
The programme was arranged by the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs on the occasion of International Women’s Day, 2019 in Dhaka’s Bangabandhu International Conference centre here.
She said the women have been playing significant role in politics, judiciary, armed forces, police, administration, education, trade and commerce, sports and games, and adventures.
She observed women outnumbered men in education and sports.
Recalling the contribution of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Hasina said Bangabandhu started the process of uplifting women by establishing their equal rights with men in all spheres of the state and public life as constitutional obligation.
The women had no scope to enter judiciary in line with the Pakistani laws but Bangabandhu paved the way for them in joining judiciary after annulling the Pakistani laws, she mentioned.
She also recalled the contribution of Begum Fazilatun Nesa Mujib to this end, saying she (Bangamata) worked for the country along with Bangabandhu all the time by giving him inspiration, courage and suggestions.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki chaired the session, while UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Bangladesh Mia Seppo was present at the function as special guest.
This year’s theme of the Women’s Day is – ‘Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change’.