Bangladesh Mahila Parishad has again demanded inclusion of the pledge for keeping one-third of the parliamentary seats for women candidates in the election manifestos of political parties, ahead of the upcoming general elections rescheduled for December 30.
They also demanded direct election in the reserved seats and re-demarcation of electoral constituencies for women candidates.
They made the demands while addressing a rally on Central Shaheed Minar premises in the capital’s Shahbagh area on Sunday.
They also called on the Election Commission to increase the number of polling centers and booths across the country to ensure safety of the female voters.
Rekha Chowdhury, the acting movement secretary of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, a platform of women rights activists, read out the written statement at the programme, on behalf of the organisation.
‘Women have notable contributions to the country’s overall development. Despite being half of the country’s total population, they hardly get the scopes to represent themselves in the field of politics,’ said BMP president Ayesha Khanam.
‘Women representatives remain inactive in the parliament as they are the minority,’ she added.
If women were elected through direction elections, they would be able to contribute to the welfare of the country’s female population, said BMP general secretary Maleka Banu.
Chaired by Ayesha Khanam, BMP central committee member Nasima Akter, and vice president Lakshmi Chakraborty, addressed the programme, among others.
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