International Women’s Day was observed in Bangladesh like elsewhere in the world calling for an end to discrimination, violence against women and creating an inclusive and gender-equal world.
Various government and non-government institutions and organisations observed the day through various programmes, including processions, rallies and discussions, with a theme ‘Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives’.
Mentioning that Bangladesh’s women have proved that they can achieve any success like their male counterparts, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the country would move faster towards prosperity if men and women worked together.
‘The prosperity of a country is a must if men and women can work there together. Our aim is to make the country a prosperous and poverty-free one,’ she said while addressing the inaugural function of the International Women’s Day at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre organised by the women and children affairs ministry.
Bangladesh Adibasi Nari Network and Hill Women’s Federation called for immediate end of violence against on all women as well as ethnic minorities female from a discussion held in capital marking the day.
They also demanded immediate and effective steps to stop violence on ethnic minorities’ women, punishment of attackers and ensuring their securities.
Columnist Syed Abul Maksud, Dhaka University teacher Zobaiyda Nasreen, Bangladesh Adibasi Forum general secretary Sanjeeb Drong, along with others spoke at the programme.
Women Cell of Communist Party of Bangladesh called for end to the violence on women and repression against them from a rally in front of the National Press Club in the morning, they also organised a cultural show at Paltan intersection in the evening.
Grihasramik Adhikar Pratishtha Network from a rally of domestic workers in front of National Press Club demanding implementation of ‘Domestic Worker Protection and Welfare Policy 2015’, and end to tortures on them and justified wages.
Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said Bangladeshi women had significant contribution to their workplaces.
She was speaking at a programme organised by the private TV channel Boishakhi marking the day.
The TV channel honoured first women foreign minister Dipu Moni, rights activist Sultana Kamal, writer Selina Hossain, state minister for information Tarana Halim and singer Shahin Samad at the programme.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and the University of Development Alternative jointly organised a weeklong exhibition, featuring the works of 100 women artists, titled ‘Madhabilata’ at National Art Gallery in Dhaka.
Dhaka University and Amrai Pari Paribarik Nirjatan Pratirodh Jote held a candle light vigil at the Central Shaheed Minar at midnight past Wednesday.
National Human Rights Commission Bangladesh held a discussion marking the day at Liberation War Museum.
Police Women Network and Dhaka Reporters Unity brought out separate processions in the capital marking the day.
British Council in Bangladesh observed the day through daylong events like, quiz competition, film screening, living library sessions, workshops, and exhibitions in Dhaka and Chittagong.
Karmajibi Nari held women garment workers’ rally in front the press club and Bangladesh Bank began a three-day fair for women entrepreneurs at Bangladesh Shishu Academy to promote small and medium enterprise products of women marking the day.
Marking the day, Naripakkha, Jatiya Garment Workers Federation and Jatiya Kannyashishu Advocacy Forum, will hold a discussions on today, marking the women’s day.
The United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres, president Abdul Hamid, prime minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages marking the day.
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