Gender equality stressed for stopping violence against women

Discussants at a human chain on Monday laid emphasis on establishing gender equality with comprehensive efforts of all to prevent all sorts of repressions on women to attain the sustainable development goals (SDGs), reports BSS. 

They expressed the opinion in the programme arranged in observance of the International Women Repression Prevention Fortnight- 2019 at Katchari Bazar zero point in the city.

The district administration in association with the Department of Women Affairs and a number of human rights, professional and women rights organisations organised the event. Earlier, women activists, government and NGO officials and employees, human rights and socio-cultural activists, professionals, teachers and students brought out a procession that paraded different streets of city. Additional District Magistrate Md. Arafat Rahman addressed the programme as the chief guest with Deputy Director of the Department of Women Affairs Kawser Pervin in the chair.

Women activists, including President of Rangpur city Mohila Awami League Mamtaz Begum, Mosfeka Razzaque, Marhamatun Nesa, Monjushree Saha, Somse Ara Bilkis, Morsheda Banu, Shahina Sultana, Tasmin Afroz, among others, addressed the event. The chief guest said the present government has taken massive steps to ensure equal rights of women and their participations in all development and socio-political activities to attain the SDGs by 2030.

Mosfeka Razzaque said there is no alternative to bringing an end to gender disparity to ensure their equal rights, dignity and honour of women at every sphere in the society for attaining the SDGs.

Other speakers put importance on engaging comprehensive efforts of all stakeholders, including GO-NGOs, to eliminate repression and violence against women. They said both males and females should work shoulder-to-shoulder with a changed mind set for eliminating all types of repressions on women for flourishing their leadership to maintain the current pace of progress to build a developed and peaceful country.