Women should come forward to hold steering of economy: Minister

Women should come forward to hold the steering of economy of the country and to be the part of nation’s progress

Not only in Bangladesh but around the world, due to COVID-19 pandemic, women have had played greater role as wage earners, leaders, educators, careers, and so on. Now women’s roles in a family are considered as important as the role of males. 

Education minister Dr. Dipu Moni said this chief guest while addressing a programme on the Female Chartered Accountants on Monday. ICAB Women Members Empowerment and Leadership Development Committee Institute organized the programme on International Women’s Day 2021 at CA Bhaban in the capital.  

She said, “Standing at the moment of 50 years’ celebration of independence, we must admit that we have arguably made much progress in economic development indicators as well as human development indicators, faring well above our South Asian neighbors on several fronts. Such progress is the result of several incentives taken by the government under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina”.

Mentioning the government’s steps for empowering the women, Dr. Dipu Moni said, “We are now passing a very critical time started since March 2020. Our education institutions are still remained close, this sector is hit hard. We have detailed plan to cover up the damages caused by Covid-19”.

Dipu Moni said, “Some of CA women personalities who are the role model in our society.  They are the shining personalities and showed the path to women that the time has come to move forward. ICAB and the Ministry of Education, can use this CA Females Forum beyond professional boundary towards leadership role and reduce gender gap in future”.

In welcome address ICAB President Mahmudul Hasan Khusru said, “Despite women are facing numerous challenges, they are still going ahead and becoming successful. Earning a C.A. certificate would definitely empower women and would command respect from the society”.

“Their contribution to the society as well as to the country would be much greater than what it is now. In fulfilling the sustainable development goals, the CA profession for women could contribute to value addition”, he further said.

As special guests spoke on the occasion, former Secretary to the Government and Managing Director of Joyeeta Foundation Afroja Khan, 

Secretary of Economic Relations Division Fatima Yasmin, Member (Secretary) of Planning Commission, Industry and Energy Division Sharifa Khan, Lead Governance Specialist, FM Global Unit, Washington DC and South Asia Region of The World Bank Suraiya Zannath Khan, and Executive President of BICM Dr. Mahmuda Akter.