International Women’s Day will be celebrated today in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the world marking women’s enormous contribution to humanity with the theme #BalanceforBetter, with regards to the greater global push for professional and social equality.
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 behind their male counterparts in economic and political participation and opportunities.
The last two years have seen a new wave in the era of women’s rights in the form of the #MeToo movement which started off in America and has made waves all over the world.
The day is not associated with any one group, but it brings together various organisations, companies and charities. All over the world, it is celebrated by staging performances, marches, talks and discussions.
Women’s Day is an official holiday in many countries including Cuba, Armenia, Mongolia, Russia, Uganda and Ukraine. On this day, just like on Mother’s Day, men present gifts to their mothers, girlfriends and wives.
President Abdul Hamid, prime minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages marking the day.
On the eve of the day, President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages, greeting all women across the world.
In his message, president Abdul Hamid said the present government is implementing massive programmes to prevent all kinds of violence to the women, including establishing women rights, spreading education for them and empowering women, to bring gender parity.
In her message, prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, ‘We are working relentlessly to eliminate all kinds of discriminatory behaviours and practices to women, prevent violence against them, bring down the child marriage rate to zero, ensure equal wages for men and women in workplaces and facilitate the women entrepreneurs with separate banking and marketing systems’.
Women are now playing a vital role in different fields including politics, judiciary, administration, education, health, armed forces and law enforcing agencies due to the pragmatic and timely measures of the government, Sheikh Hasina added.
A number of women’s rights groups and non-governmental organisations have chalked out events to mark the day.
The Ministry for Women and Children Affairs has chalked out elaborate programmes on the occasion to create mass awareness to ensure dignified life for women by establishing their rights.
In observance of the day, an exhibition of products produced by women entrepreneurs and screening of awareness documentary will be held in all district towns across the country on March 8 and 9.
Besides, a discussion will be held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city at 9:00am on Saturday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to address the discussion as the chief guest. The five best Joyita (women) will be awarded in the function.
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and all other private television channels will air special programmes while newspapers will publish supplements highlighting the significance of the day.
National Press Club will honour journalists and hold discussion on the day at 5:00pm.
Naripokkho will organise daylong programmes including road-show, cultural function and discussion in the capital.
Dhaka Reporters Unity will hold a procession and discussion at its premises at 10am today to mark the day.
National Domestic Women Workers Union will hold a human chain at 10am today in front of National Press Club.
Nari Mukti Samsad will organise procession and rally at 3:30pm at its office at Topkhana Road.
International Women’s Day is celebrated in 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 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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