The International Women’s Day is being observed in the country, as elsewhere across the globe, today with a call to help forge a better, inclusive and gender-equal world.
The theme of this year’s day is - Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives.
The country is observing the day when equality for women in all aspects of life, including politics, administration, home and workplace, pay and others, is elusive as they are still lagging behind their male counterparts in economic and political participation and opportunities.
The United Nations secretary general António Guterres, president Abdul Hamid, prime minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages marking the day.
Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world, António Guterres said.
‘We are at a pivotal moment for women’s rights,’ he said adding that the historical and structural inequalities that have allowed oppression and discrimination to flourish are being exposed like never before.
‘From Latin America to Europe to Asia, on social media, on film sets, on the factory floor and in the streets, women are calling for lasting change and zero tolerance for sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination of all kinds,’ he said.
Abdul Hamid hoped that male and female would work together to achieve sustainable development of women and country and their efforts would create a developed Bangladesh.
Sheikh Hasina urged all to work for women’s development, participation and ensuring their rights to create a developed and prosperous country.
A number of local women’s rights groups and non-governmental organisations have chalked out events on the day.
Dhaka University and Amrai Pari Paribarik Nirjatan Protirodh Jote held a joint candle light vigil at Central Shaheed Minar at midnight past Wednesday.
National Human Rights Commission Bangladesh will hold a discussion marking the day at Liberation War Museum at 3:00pm. Bangladesh Adibasi Nari Network and Hill Women’s Federation held a discussion at the same venue at 10:00am.
Women Cell of Communist Party of Bangladesh held a rally in front of National Press Club in the morning and they will hold a cultural show at Paltan intersection in the evening.
Grihosramik Adhikar Pratishtha Network held a rally of domestic workers in front of the Press Club at 10:00am, while Sanjukta Mahila Parishad held a rally at the same venue at the same time.
Karmojibi Nari held a women garment workers’ rally in front the press club at 11:00am.
Bangladesh Bank will begin a three-day fair for women entrepreneurs at Bangladesh Shishu Academy to promote small and medium enterprise products of women marking the day.
Dhaka Reporters’ Unity brought out a procession at 11:00am from Segunbagicha.
Private television channel Boishakhi TV will honour five eminent women for their contribution in its office.
Marking the day, Naripokkho will hold a discussion tomorrow.
Workers Party of Bangladesh president and social welfare minister Rashed Khan Menon and general secretary Fazle Hossain Badsha and CPB president Mujahidul Islam Selim and general secretary Shah Alam also felicitated country’s women in separate messages.
International Women’s Day is celebrated in all the countries around the world.
In 1910, the second International Socialist Women’s Conference was held in Copenhagen where the idea of an International Women’s Day was mooted by German Socialist Clara Zetkin.
In 1911, International Women’s Day was marked by attendance of more than a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, on March 19.
In 1913, International Women’s Day was transferred to March 8 and that has remained the global day for observing International Women’s Day ever since. In 1975, during International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8.
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