Ensure women’s safety for boosting participation: speakers

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:50, Mar 11,2021


Rights activists and academics at a discussion on Wednesday said that women’s safety in society should be enhanced for boosting up their participation in outdoor activities.

They said that the challenges women were facing in the Bangladesh society have changed over the years in many dimensions and women did very positive progress despite the challenges.

The speakers came up with the remarks at the closing ceremony of a two-day international e-conference on ‘Women in 100 years: Changes and challenges in the light of development goals and COVID- 19.’

Women and gender studies department of Dhaka University organised the online conference in collaboration with the UNDP, UKAID and the Urban Development Journalists Forum, Bangladesh.

Dhaka University pro-vice-chancellor ASM Maksud Kamal, as chief guest, said that a society cannot achieve its goal without women’s participation, but in Bangladesh many women unfortunately couldn’t go out for lack of safety.

‘Government should ensure women’s safety and inspire women to come for involving in economic activities to achieve the target of a developed Bangladesh,’ he said.

Asiatic Society Bangladesh president professor Mahfuza Khanam said that women succeeded in every discipline but their challenges are yet to end rather changed.

She said that women’s rights were not recognised although it was human rights. She said that women have enormous power that should be used in building a prosperous society.

UDJFB general secretary Shohel Mamun said that the laws for the safety of rights of women in Bangladesh should be enacted for the smooth participation of women in society.

Among others, DU women and gender studies department honourary professor Nazmunnesa Mahtab spoke in the event presided over by Sanzida Akhter, chairperson of the department of women and gender studies. The programme was moderated by Fariha Jahan, lecturer of the department.

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