It needs no mentioning that over the last decade under the able leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Bangladesh has become a role model for women empowerment in the world. The incumbent government has been working relentlessly to ensure and enhance women’s participation in all the sectors.
The government has been undertaking various projects to empower women in different sectors for the last few years. The project titled ‘Urban Based Marginal Women Development Project’ worth Tk 998.3 million is being implemented by Jatiyo Mohila Sangstha under the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA). The objectives of the project include making the urban-based poor, destitute and underprivileged women productive, efficient and self-reliant by providing appropriate skill development training.
Participation of women needs
to be enhanced and reinforced
in decision making processes
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Women today are unstoppable. Women in Bangladesh are leading from the front in the country’s sustainable development. Whether it is, business, engineering, media, aviation, sports or handicraft women have set their foothold in every field of work or profession. Representation of girls in high school level is similar to that of boys. But at the higher education level, this scenario is quite discouraging. Therefore, a lot more needs to be done if we want to see our women climbing the socio-economic ladders side by side with their male counterparts.
It is discouraging to note that still a section of people in our society has a perception that women are less empowered than men. Hitherto rape, sexual harassment, wage discrimination, domestic violence and social discrimination against women are common phenomena in Bangladesh. Still in many spheres of life we encounter gender discrimination. Hence, being vocal about gender discrimination and violence against women has become a part of our social responsibility.
In order to make this country self-reliant, pragmatic measures are needed to be taken to empower women. In this regard, necessary steps should be taken to remove all kinds of barriers and discrimination that prevent women from realizing their full potential. Last but not least, participation of women needs to be enhanced and reinforced in decision making processes.