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Change mindsets for gender equality

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 8th March, 2022 07:32:32 PM
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Change mindsets for gender equality

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Today is March 8, the International Women's Day. The day is significant because it is about equality between men and women as an aspect of human rights and social justice. Achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment is integral to each of the 17 SDGs. As to why, the issues have been placed on top of the agenda of the incumbent government. Now, changes in the lives of women have been evident in every sphere of life. They are moving forward by breaking all the social barriers … big or small.

Women are playing major roles in our society as the head of government, senior government officers, teachers as well as entrepreneurs, factory workers, and explorers who have conquered Mount Everest. Our girls and women are now taking up risky jobs as well. For example, they are serving in the battle field as peace keepers and operating fighter planes. They are no longer lagging behind in any area. In some cases, they are doing better than men.

Our women are moving forward overcoming all obstacles in an irresistible speed with their own glory. The glorious social transformation is a matter of pride for all of us. It is worth understanding what Bangladesh has achieved in fulfillment of the SDGs till date. However, despite the achievements what hurts us most is violence against women. It goes on unabated although the government has enacted laws against rape and repression of women as well as domestic violence. Therefore, it is essential to change the mindset of men to stop violence against women. We shall have to believe that women are not objects of enjoyment, women are co-fighters and co-partners and they have to move forward equally and be given equal rights.

This Women’s Day, let us claim 'Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow'. The campaign theme for International Women's Day 2022 is #BreakTheBias. Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists is not enough. Action is needed to level the playing field.