Male engagement in domestic care-work has empowered women living in the southwest districts of the country, according to a comparative study unveiled at a virtual workshop on Monday.
World Vision Bangladesh organised the event titled ‘male engagement for gender equality: sustained impact and changes in southwest Bangladesh’.
The study also unveiled that as a result of women empowerment child marriages could reduce in the society and women could take family decisions.
The study unveiled that 80.9 per cent women below 30 years has needed male permission for their mobility and participation in external environment now stand to 50.5 per cent and 66.3 per cent women above 30 who had needed to seek permission to visit certain locales now decreased to 58.6 per cent.
The baseline was conducted in 2015 and latest in 2020.
Organisers said that only 38.2 per cent men had engaged in household work in 2015 when they had started project and they have ensured male participation 71 per cent in 2020 and got the result.
State minister for the ministry of women and children affairs Fazilatunnesa Indira said that the government was committed to stop violence on women and empowering them in all aspects.
Mahmuda Rahman Khan, senior programme development specialist of USAID Bangladesh, said that in the name of protection men were dominating women. A safe society for all was important to ensure women rights, she added.
Chairperson of development studies department of Dhaka University Reaz Haque presented the study findings at a power point presentation while Rakesh Katal, chief of Nobo Jatra project and Taslima Yasmin, law department teacher of Dhaka University, among others, spoke.
Organisers said that the study was conducted under Nobo Jatra project and they found the change among the 10,000 couple living in 40 unions of four upazilas of southwest Bangladesh Khulna and Satkhira.
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