Insecurity lowers women’s participation in professions

Staff Correspondent | Published at 01:28am on September 12, 2019

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Bangladesh Mahila Parishad holds an exchange of views marking its organising month in its auditorium in Dhaka on Wednesday. — New Age photo

Women rights activists at a views exchange on Wednesday said that women’s participation in profession was very low still in Bangladesh for the lack of safety in workplaces.

They said that women used to face different types of harassments especially sexual harassment at workplaces and public spaces that discourage them. They were even deprived in case of promotion too.

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad organised the views exchange with working women marking its organisational month 2019 at Sufia Kamal Bhaban in the city.

The organisation president Ayesha Khanam said that for the lack of awareness, patriarch mentality and social outlook were mostly responsible for the continuing discrimination, oppressions and harassment on women at everywhere especially at home and workplaces.

She said that men’s participation in women’s rights movement was very much essential and the Mahila Parishad would ensure it in future.

The organisation general secretary Maleka Banu said that all the women have to continue professional life despite difficulties at several stages.

She observed that employment of women was not increased in proportion to women’s education.

A number of working women said that they were facing different types of new problem in workplace which harass them very much.

They said that many women were forced to leave job after being victim of cybercrime and social media harassment.

A female physician Umme Salma Abdullah said that due to harassment women could not perform their best.

Women feel severe stress in public transport, open spaces, home and workplaces, she said.

Mahila Parishad organising secretary Umme Salma Begum said women participation in professions would increase huge if the government could ensure safety for women.