Int’l Women’s Day observed

Staff Correspondent
Biplabi Nari Sanghati brings out a torch procession in Dhaka on Sunday marking its 10th founding anniversary and International Women’s Day. — New Age photo

Biplabi Nari Sanghati brings out a torch procession in Dhaka on Sunday marking its 10th founding anniversary and International Women’s Day. — New Age photo

International Women’s Day was observed in the country on Sunday with a call for empowerment of women for securing development of the whole society.
Various government and non-government institutions and organisations observed the day through various programmes including procession, rally and discussion.
The government this year set ‘Women’s Empowerment, Humanity’s Development’ as the day’s theme.
While speaking as chief guest at an opinion sharing meeting, High Court division’s Justice Naima Haider said women should go forward removing all obstacles in her professional life.
The meeting was jointly organised by Bangladesh Legal Aid Services Trust, USAID and National Centre for State Courts at CIRDAP auditorium.
Democracy International and RTV jointly hosted a special TV debate on the day while president of the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry for food Abdul Wadud Dara and Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson’s advisory committee member Enam Ahmed Chowdhury argued that political parties were supporting women but not many women were willing to be active leaders.
However, North South University professor Dilara Chowdhury and former Election Commissioner Brig Gen (rtd) Shakhawat Hossain said political parties were not doing enough to incorporate women in the political process.
Sixty-eight organisations, under the banner of Samajik Pratirodh Committee, held a rally at Institution of Engineers where secretary of the women and child affairs ministry Tarik-ul-Islam was present.
Ain O Salish Kendra executive director Sultana Kamal said extremists and terrorists were trying to stall the country’s progress while women were their major target.
Democracy Watch organised a discussion at its head office in the capital where the discussants marking the day.
Citi Bangladesh on Sunday launched Citi Women’s Network Bangladesh at a city hotel to engage Citi’s all employees, especially women, for providing development opportunities that enhance their ability and promote networking to share knowledge and experiences.
Naripakkha organised a cultural programme at Rabindra Sarabar to observe the day with the theme – ‘stop child marriage, prevent women repression’.
Narigrantha Prabartana, Tabinaj and Naya Krishi Andolan jointly formed a human chain at Rabindra Sarabar.
Campaign for Good Governance formed a human chain in front of National Press Club while the activists urged the government to ensure women’s political empowerment.
Leaders of National Garment Workers’ Federation formed a human chain in front of the club, demanded six months’ maternity leave for garment workers.
New Age Khagrachari correspondent reported that the district administration, along with 10 non-government organisations, organised a discussion and a rally to mark the day.
Hill Women’s Federation and Parbatya Chattagram Nari Sangha jointly organised a rally protesting at sexual harassment.
New Age correspondent in Jessore reported that cultural organisation Dhrubatara organised a discussion and cultural programme where Jatiya Ganatantrik Front leaders were present.
Our Bogra correspondent reported that Samajtantrik Mahila Forum organised a rally and procession at the district to mark the day.

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