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 ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.’
Bangladesh is observing the day when the country is witnessing a sharp rise in incidents of violence against women and equality for women in all aspects of life, including politics, administration, home and workplace, seems elusive as they are still behind their male counterparts in economic and political participation and opportunities.
All over the world, the day is celebrated by staging performances, marches, talks and discussions.
On the eve of the day, president Md Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages, greetings to all women across the world.
In his message, the president said that the present government was implementing massive programmes to prevent all kinds of violence against women, besides working towards establishing women’s rights, spreading education among them and empowering them socially and politically to establish gender parity.
In her message, the prime minister said that the Awami League government has been implementing various programmes for a long time attaching priority to women empowerment and their overall development.
Women are now playing a vital role in different arenas, including politics, judiciary, administration, education, health, the armed forces and the law enforcing agencies due to the timely and pragmatic measures taken by the government, Sheikh Hasina added.
In his message, opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir greeted women across the world and said that it was a matter of grave concern that the number of incidents of violence against women increased alarmingly during the AL rule.
A number of women’s rights groups and non-governmental organisations have chalked out various programmes to mark the day.
The Ministry for Women and Children Affairs has also drawn up elaborate programmes on the occasion to create mass awareness to ensure dignified life for women by establishing their rights.
In observance of the day, a discussion will be held at Bangladesh Shishu Academy auditorium in the city at 10:30am on Monday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to address the discussion virtually as the chief guest.
The five best Joyita (women) will be awarded in the function, said state minister Fazilatunnesa Indira in a press conference of the ministry at the secretariat.
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.
Samajik Protirodh Committee, a platform of 67 women, rights and development organisations, will hold an online discussion at 4:00pm to mark the day.
Amrai Pari Paribarik Nirjaton Protirodh Jote lit candles at Central Shaheed Minar on DU campus a minute past midnight on Sunday.
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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