Hasina a catalyst for women empowerment

Saban Mahmud

15 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has created a renaissance of women empowerment in Bangladesh.

She has been elected prime minister for the fourth time. She was the leader of the opposition three times.

As the president of Awami League, Sheikh Hasina led the movement to oust the military regime of HM Ershad.

After the ouster of Ershad, she played a significant role in turning the country into a parliamentary democracy.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was awarded ‘Lifetime Contribution for Women Empowerment Award’ Institute of South Asian Women (ISAW)’.

She got the award at a function on the City Cube-ITB premises in Berlin on March 7 on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

Bangladesh Ambassador to Germany Imtiaz Ahmed received the award on behalf of the premier.

Sheikh Hasina has been lauded by many local and global institutions for her contribution to the country’s socioeconomic development.

UK-based ‘Channel 4’ dubbed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as ‘Mother of Humanity’ for providing displaced Rohingyas with shelter, food, medical and other facilities.

Sheikh Hasina has received global acclaim for her apt leadership and brave role in dealing with any critical situation.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ranked the 29th in this year’s Forbes list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

Published on Thursday, the US-based Forbes Magazine report says, “An ongoing struggle of Sheikh Hasina is establishing a firm democracy in Bangladesh.”

During her first term in office, world famous leaders like Nelson Mandela, Yasser Arafat and Suleyman Demirel visited Bangladesh. The then US President, Bill Clinton, also came to Dhaka during her first tenure.

Sheikh Hasina has created a rare example by signing a peace agreement with CHT leaders.

The Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Treaty is an example set by Bangladesh that a peace could be achieved in a volatile area if there was political will.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League government signed the peace pact with tribal hill leaders over two decades ago. Many displaced people of the hilly area returned to their homes and all kinds of rights were established following the treaty. She was honoured with the UNESCO Peace Prize in 1998 for the deal.

UNESCO also appreciated her for following the path of peace initiated by her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Various foreign universities have conferred PhD and other degrees on Hasina for her outstanding contribution to the advancement of democracy, economy, literacy and poverty. She has also set a record in reducing maternity and child death.

Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury is the first woman to have adorned the post of Speaker in the Jatiya Sangsad during Awami League regime.

Besides, Sheikh Hasina’s government has been appointing female judges in the lower and apex courts, commissioned offices in armed forces, police and other challenging services.

Women football and cricket teams are doing well in national and international tournaments being encouraged and patronised by Sheikh Hasina.

Recently, four Bangladeshi-origin women have been elected British lawmakers. Political experts give the credit to Sheikh Hasina who is encouraging women empowerment and leadership.

So, Sheikh Hasina is a symbol of women empowerment and leadership.