The Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman initiated a process of uplifting the status of women by establishing equal rights of woman with man in all spheres of life as a constitutional obligation under Article-28. Following the footsteps of her father, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has undertaken various steps to promote women’s rights so that they can be ‘agents of change’ for sustained socio-economic development. She has considered women’s engagement in political and economic activities as a cross-cutting issue and one of the main drivers of transformation. Since 2009, she has been relentlessly working to ensure the holistic empowerment of women. Her government always remains committed to attaining the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of gender equality and empowering women as well as implementing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Beijing Platform for Action.
Bangladesh women have successfully shattered the glass ceilings in all directions; from sports to politics, from businesses to armed forces, their presence is felt everywhere. They are now at the forefront of a brave new Bangladesh. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), Bangladesh is now the second most gender equal country in Asia, tops South Asia in gender equality and ranks 47th among 144 countries of the world in the Global Gender Gap Index. In women’s empowerment, Sheikh Hasina has been internationally acknowledged as a role model.In recognition to her outstanding contributions, she has been awarded with various prestigious awards like 'Champions of the Earth’ Award, ‘Planet 50-50 Champion’ Award, ‘Agent of Change Award,’ ‘Lifetime Contribution for Women Empowerment Award,’ ‘Dr Kalam Smriti International Excellence Award’ and ‘Global Women’s Leadership Award.’ Today, Bangladesh has attained an envious success in women’s empowerment as they epitomise social awakening and self-reliance by ensuring their presence in all fields. The women of Bangladesh get inspiration from the determination and courageous steps of the Prime Minister. The male citizens of the country also feel proud for the tremendous success achieved in empowerment of women through attainment of gender parity in all spheres of our national life as dreamt by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.