Violence against women must be eliminated from Bangladesh, and from all over the world, said Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni.
“In social, cultural and religious customs, a woman has to hear ‘no’ a lot. Even laughing out loudly is also considered a crime sometimes.
Due to such negativity and constraining treatment a solid wall is built around a woman and breaking this wall becomes a battle for a woman,” she said.
She made the remarks while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion meeting organized by Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) marking International Women's Day 2022 on Thursday.
She said that most of the women cannot break through that wall.
“Women need to have the courage to break down the wall and realize their inherent strength. They have to conquer everything with that power,” she added.
Regarding women's rights and politics, the Education Minister said, “We need the politics that recognizes human rights, recognizes women as human beings and recognizes women's rights as human rights.
Those who have committed war crimes, crimes against humanity, tortured women and those who harbor those criminals are misogynists.
Therefore, women must not support that politics. Even those who are concerned about the progress of society have no reason to indulge in that politics.”
She further said that we see women’s participation in many jobs now.
“The constitution of 1972 speaks of equal rights for women. However, the state of women empowerment has not been created even at the places where people work for women's empowerment. This is true that our Prime Minister, deputy leader of parliament, speaker and leader of the opposition party are women, but the position of women in decision making is still low,” she said.
PKSF Chairman Kazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmed presided over the programme.
He said, “Women are given priority in all the activities of PKSF. There was a time when women were nominal members in development activities at the field level. They would hand over the money received through financial assistance to their husbands or fathers. That situation has changed. The decision to use the money and other support now is up to them; which is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
Sheikh Mohammad Saleem Ullah, Secretary, Financial Institutions Department (FID), Ministry of Finance was present as the special guest.