Panel Discussion at the UN

Speaker calls for reducing gender disparity

Special Correspondent

16th July, 2019 10:18:07 printer

Speaker calls for reducing gender disparity

Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury speaks at a panel discussion titled ‘Growing Inequalities and Distrust in Government: Breaking the Cycle’ organised by Parliamentary Forum of HLPF at United Nation headquarters in New York on Tuesday. -SUN PHOTO

Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury has stressed the need for reducing gender disparity worldwide.

“Woman empowerment is a must in achieving the Planet 50—50 goal,” she said on Monday while addressing a programme styled ‘Gender equality and women’s leadership for a sustainable world’ at United Nations headquarters in New York.

United Nations General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés presided over the session.

Bangladesh Speaker urged the lawmakers across the world to play their due roles in establishing gender equality.

“Bangladesh under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has formulated the National Policy for Women’s Development to reduce gender disparity and empower women,” she said.

She also mentioned about the initiatives taken by the government of Bangladesh, including the safety net programme for the ultra-poor women, allowances for the widow and maternity allowance. “The time demands to achieve the Planet 50-50 goal,” she said.

Referring to women empowerment in Bangladesh, the Speaker said Bangladesh parliament is the brightest example of women empowerment.

“Leader of the House and Prime Minister, Speaker, Deputy Leader of the House, Opposition Deputy Leader and some ministers are women. Apart from the 50 reserved seats in parliament, some 23 women have been elected through voting,” she said.

“Women are also making their presence felt in military, administration, police and judiciary.”  “Bangladeshi women have also been working in United Nations peacekeeping missions with dignity,” she said. 

 “We must come out from the traditional conception. If we can do so, it will be possible to achieve gender equality,” she noted.

The Speaker also joined another programme styled ‘Growing inequality and distrust in government: Breaking the cycle.”

Masud Bin Momen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative at UN and Zafar Ahmed Khan, senior secretary of Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat, among others, were present.