Speakers at a seminar underscored the need for changing mindset of women for their empowerment in every sector to ensure the sustainable growth.
They made the call at a seminar on Thursday styled “Girls, Never Look Back!” an education project funded by US Department of Sate under Global Teacher Grant implemented by International Research & Exchange Board (IREX) at Robertsongonj High School & College in Rangpur as part of its country wide program in fifteen selected schools.
Former Director (development program) Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Service (RDRS) Bangladesh and social activist, Manjushree Shaha attended as Chief guest while Channel I senior reporter Merina Lovely was present as special guest with Principal Zakir Hossain in the chair.
President, Girls Club of the institute, Chumki Akhter, Member, Mohona Begum and Teaching assistant Shamsun Nahar Shelly spoke, among others.
Speakers said women empowerment is essential to ensure equal rights and sustainable development. So, it is very important for each of the girls to be aware of their rights and to fight for that to get success in life. Girls grow up to become women who too often underestimate their skills and worth. Girls are praised to be “a good girl” for not talking too much or “sitting still” at schools and even at home. But, silence will not protect her and bring her any good. Boys are usually vocal at expressing themselves both in schools and social situations. Girls lack confidence and feel shy to join in classroom conversations, to express themselves and to protest for any unwanted advancement. They often become the victims of social prejudices, bullying and sexual assaults which have been hindering their growth. So, Girls should speak up and say NO strongly to any unethical practice. They need to remove the hesitation and build confidence to show the world that they can go parallel with their counterparts.
Around three hundred girls’ students of the school took part in the session.