The March 7 is milestone in defining fate of Bengali nation as Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered his historic speech on the day setting off preparations for liberation war, said Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury.
“People regardless of caste, religion and colour took part in the liberation war in 1971 responding to the clarion call of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she said.She said UNESCO recognises the historic March 7 speech of Bangabandhu as part of world's documentary heritage as the speech paved the way for uniting people of all classes in the cause of protecting rights of Bengali nation.
The government has announced the March 7 as a national day, she said.
Dr Shirin Sharmin was addressing as the chief guest at a discussion meeting titled “Women in leadership: What does it take?” held in Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) of the capital on Sunday. The event was organised by United Nations in Bangladesh.
Stressing gender equality, she said women contribute a lot to the socioeconomic development requiring to be integrated into the mainstream society.
“Apart from handling household chores, the women are performing official and other jobs well. They are constantly showcasing their ability. It is imperative to establish women leadership in everywhere of the society through pragmatic and innovative policies.”
Depicting grim picture of women leadership, she said females are ahead of men in healthcare and other service sectors, but women leadership is 25 percent.The Speaker hailed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for being recognised as one of the three Inspirational Women Leaders.
The women leadership is important to face the challenges of corona pandemic, she said.
Mia Seppo, resident coordinator of the United Nations (UN) in Bangladesh, presided over the discussion meeting which was attended by Selima Ahmad, President of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI), Professor Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, additional director general of DGHS, Amena Begum, DIG of Bangladesh Police, Sudipto Mukerjee, UNDP's Resident Representative, among others.