Gender parity essential for sustainable dev: Speaker

Staff Correspondent

29 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Sunday stressed the need for undertaking programmes based on gender equality to ensure inclusive and sustainable development of the country. 

“Equality-based development is a fundamental right of every woman. So, sustainable development goals have a direct link with the improvement of women,” she said.

The speaker made the remarks while virtually addressing a prize giving ceremony titled ‘Women of Inspiration -2021 Prize’ organised by Junior Chamber International (JCI) at hotel in the capital.

Lawmaker Sagufta Yasmin, Barrister Shah Ali Farhad and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of United States in Dhaka JoAnne Wagner, among others, addressed the programme with JCI Bangladesh Vice-President Ismat Jahan Lisa in the chair.

Half of the country’s population is women and their contribution to socio-economic activities is evident, she said. 

Bangladesh is now a role model in women empowerment and promotion of women leadership. But some critical issues like poverty, disparity, financial dependency, lack of women participation in decision making and leadership are the global challenges ahead of women development,” said the speaker.

Shirin Sharmin said after emergence of Covid-19 pandemic, violence against women and female children has significantly increased along with raising gender-based disparity.

So, formulation of innovative policy and strategy conducive to women empowerment is very much essential, she added.

Citing the attainment of ‘Inspirational Leadership Award’ by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the speaker said winning such commonwealth recognition by the prime minister for her outstanding leadership during the pandemic is a matter of pride for the nation.

All sorts of initiatives like the National Women Development Policy of 1997, inclusion of mother’s name in passport and grant of citizenship to the child through mother have been introduced by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as a mark of economic and social development outline for the women.