Women’s empowerment not only depend on ensuring they are being employed on a large scale or they are doing outdoor activities but also on whether they are living with dignity in society, gender activists said Sunday.
The observation came at a seminar of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) held at its auditorium, marking the International Women’s Day-2019.Head of Women and Gender Studies Department of Dhaka University Sanjida Akhtar said women’s development is directly linked to the country’s development.
The academic slammed the tendency of putting more focus on women’s outdoor activities or holding jobs as a major tool of women’s empowerment.
She suggested taking women’s domestic work into account and engaging men in household work for women’s more progress.
Speaking on the occasion, PKSF Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad said economic progress was believed to be the key to women’s empowerment in the past, but now the idea has changed.
“Now removing gender inequality requires establishing human dignity in society, which also hinges on ensuring human rights in society irrespective of caste, religion and race,” he pointed out.
The noted economist laid stress on three key factors – establishing an equitable society, a society with the spirit of Liberation War and a human society.He warned that any preference to any segment of society may hinder establishing an equitable society in light with the spirit of Liberation War. “A mutual co-existence between men and women in all spheres of society is the key to establishing a society where dignity will prevail,” Dr Ahmad noted.
In this regard, he called for bringing about changes to the stereotyped mindset of both men and women.
In his speech, Social Welfare Minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed said: “The country’s development won’t be possible by holding back female population, as they constitute half of the country’s total population.”