As the world is celebrating the importance of women in society, their rights and victories in historic struggles against inequality on International Women's Day today (8 March), people in Bangladesh also marking this day with various events and celebrations.
The Day was first celebrated in 1911 but officially adopted by the United Nations in 1975. The theme for International Women’s Day 2022 is ‘Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow’. The United Nations looks forward to highlighting the contribution of women and girls around the world who are volunteering in promoting their communities or working on climate change adaptation, mitigation and in general working in building a more sustainable future for everyone.
This year’s theme, “Break the Bias,” challenges us all to examine how our thoughts and actions can help form a more gender-equal world.
Gender discrimination negatively impacts girls and women every day in almost every society. Women still suffer a raft of oppressive laws.
People and various organisations set up various events for women across the world, for them to come and explore the world. Events like funfairs, plays, stand up gigs etc are set up.
President Md Abdul Hamid in his message said the achievement in empowering women over the last 50 years has introduced Bangladesh as a role model in the world.
He said the present government has been implementing massive programmes to prevent all kinds of violence on women, along with establishing women rights, spreading education for them and empowering women to establish gender parity.
The womenfolk are keeping their footprints in all sectors, including politics, trade and business and job, without any restriction now, he added.
The US-based NGO Global Summit of Women honored Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with the Global Women's Leadership Award in 2018 for her outstanding leadership in advancing women education and women entrepreneurs in Bangladesh, Asia and Asia-pacific region, he said, adding that the premier also received a special memento titled "Tree of Peace" from UNESCO in recognition to her outstanding contribution to the promotion of girls' and women's education.
"I hope that women-men would work together to make development sustainable in all sector for building a happy-prosperous Bangladesh," he said.
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the Awami League government has been working to ensure equal participation of women and men in all its programmes with a view to building a ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu.
Sheikh Hasina said one of the major achievements of Bangladesh in the last 50 years is to making significant progress in empowering women by reducing the gender inequality. To maintain this trend, the government has attached priority to ensuring food, heath and education for women from grassroots level to make the development sustainable, she added.
The women are now playing a vital role in different areas, including politics, judiciary, administration, education, health, armed forces and law enforcing agencies due to the time befitting and pragmatic measures of the government, she said.
The premier said that the greatest Bengali of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman formed the Women's Rehabilitation Board in 1972 with the aim of rehabilitating and empowering women who had suffered in the great war of independence. Bangabandhu ensured the equality of women in all spheres of national life in the constitution, she added.
The premier hoped that with the joint efforts of women and men Bangladesh achieved independence of the country, implementation of Vision-2041 would help build a hungry-poverty free prosperous Bangladesh as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu.
In observance of the day, Samajik Protirodh Committee, a platform of 66 women, human rights and development organizations, will bring out a procession and hold discussion and cultural programmes at the Central Shaheed Minar at 3pm tomorrow. Bangladesh Mahila Parishad President Dr Fawjia Moslem will chair the programme.