Rights activists on Tuesday opined that family members must change their attitudes towards girls’ education as an educated girl can contribute a lot to the country’s economy.
They also emphasised the importance of ethical education for children to reduce violence and discrimination against girls.Rights activists made the remarks while addressing a virtual discussion on rights of girl child. Bangla newspaper Kaler Kantho in association with development agency Population Services and Training Center (PSTC) organised the meeting titled ‘My Voice, Our Equal Future’.
Department of Youth Development (DYD) Director General Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir was present at the event as the chief guest while Department of Women Affairs (DWA) Director General Parveen Akhter was guest of honour on the occasion.
Kaler Kantho Editor Imdadul Haq Milan made the address of welcome while PSTC Executive Director Noor Mohammad presented the keynote in the meeting.
In his speech, Akhtaruz Zaman mentioned the government has been providing training in different trades for empowering youths, including rural girls, who contribute to communities after taking specialised courses.
Imdadul Haq Milan urged all to raise collective voice to uproot the communal minds in the society to ensure a safer life for girls.
Netherland Embassy Senior Policy Advisor Mushfiqua Zaman Satiar, UNICEF early childhood development specialist Mohammad Mohsin, Head of Influencing, Plan International Bangladesh Kashfia Feroz, RH Steps Executive Director Kuazi Suraiya Sultana and PSTC programme team leader Susmita Ahmed, among others, spoke on the occasion.