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More women leadership needed to prevent violence: Speaker

Published : 07 Sep 2021 09:59 PM | Updated : 08 Sep 2021 12:29 AM

More women leadership is required in various fields, in addition to the formulation of innovative policies and laws to prevent violence against women, said the Speaker of Parliament DrShirinSharminChaudhury.

She made the statement addressing the discussion titled “Violence against women and girls and harmful practices such as child marriage to be disappeared by 2030” atthe 13th Summit of the Women Speakers of Parliament, held in Vienna, Austria, organized at the initiative of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), in close cooperation with the United Nations and the Austrian Parliament, on Tuesday. 

She said that 2030 is very close and there is not much time to achieve the goals that aims at preventing violence against women and girls. Violence against women is a major obstacle to women’s empowerment and gender equality. Promoting women's education and women's empowerment is essential in overcoming conventional customs, practices, socio-economic barriers, and gender inequality. In addition to formulating innovative policies and laws, more women leadership is needed in various fields.

“Despite various initiatives, we have not yet reached the desired state of women’s empowerment. Violence against women must be prevented socially. Therefore, the joint efforts of all, irrespective of men and women, are very important,” she further emphasized.

DrShirinSharminChaudhury said it is important to formulate innovative plans for women in the Covid-19 situation. Violence against women and girls has increased amid the pandemic. Despite the existence of proper laws, child marriage has not yet been completely stopped. 

“Family and social structures need to be strengthened for girls to prevent child marriage. We need to solve this problem by empowering women,” she added.

Prominent personnel including Zimbabwean Senate President Mabel Chinomana, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly PresidentMargareta Cederfelt, MeritxellBatet,President of the Congress of Deputies of Spain and Beatriz Argimon, President of the Uruguayan General Assembly also spoke at the event, along with others.