Women find little space in AL associate bodies’ committees

Ahammad Foyez | Published: 00:10, Oct 21,2020


Only a few women leaders have been included in the recently-announced full committees of some associate bodies of the ruling Awami League.

The committees of Bangladesh Awami Matsyajibi League, Jatiya Sramik League, Mohila Sramik League, Bangladesh Awami Swechasebak League and Bangladesh Krishak League were approved by Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina in October 18- 19.

The full-fledged committee of Awami League’s youth front Awami Juba League will be declared soon, said AL leaders.

In the 111-member Awami Matsyajibi League committee, only four women got positions while only 10 women were included in the 111-mmber Krishak League committee.

Eight women were included in the 151-member Swechasebak League committee and only one woman was included in the 35-member Sramik League committee.

About the poor participation of women in the committees of the AL front bodies, the party’s central leader Faridunnahar Laily told New Age that such a practice of including only a few women in the central committees would discourage women from joining politics.

She said that the central leadership of political parties should overcome the patriarchal mindset.

AL presidium member Abdur Rahman said that the party was trying to increase the number of women in its committees and active women leaders were also getting opportunities.

About the new committees, he said that most of the posts of the committees were filled with new members as the party was determined to check inclusion of ‘bad people’ in its committees.

There is a provision in the Representation of the People Order 1972 as per which at least 33 per cent women participation in every committee is a must by 2020.

The Election Commission has, however, taken a move for setting a new deadline, by extending it five to 10 years, said EC officials.

They said that the commission has taken the move for ensuring 33 per cent of female participation in every committee of all political parties.

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