Tuesday, 25 January, 2022
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Stop misogynists for women’s progress

Stop misogynists for women’s progress

It is not surprising that the ex-state minister for Information and Broadcasting has been asked to resign from the cabinet for his obscene remarks and behaviour. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has never taken kindly if any of her cabinet or party members manifested disgraceful behaviour in public. We salute her quick decision and action against the misogynist Murad Hassan. But we also must acknowledge the reality that he is just a symbol of the rampant and rising misogyny in the country which urgently needs to be stopped to create a safe haven for women.

We fervently hope that the fall from grace of one Murad Hassan will set a glaring example for everyone else to refrain from all kinds of misogynistic behaviour and comments in the country. There is no denying the fact that misogyny has been rising steeply in Bangladesh. The reason behind the rising trend is the fragile male ego responding negatively to the progress of women in the country. As more women are entering the workforces, misogyny has become the ultimate vile weapon wielded by a segment of men against women to deter their progress and make them feel insignificant. By definition misogyny is hatred, dislike and mistrust of women manifested in various forms of physical and mental intimidation and abuse, sexual harassment, rape, social ostracism and all kinds of prejudice against women.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been urging for more pro-women policies to create a better work environment for women to not only join the workforce but also continue working even after marriage and childbirth. Thus, more and more women are successfully contributing to the development of the nation, playing contributory roles in addition to their traditional roles of homemaker and mother. But the behind the scenes story of women facing misogyny at home, workplace, on the roads, in the marketplace, etc. has also been rising till it has reached a level beyond tolerance. The ingrained and institutionalised fragile male ego is being hurt and all the male prejudices against women are being blatantly exposed as more of our women are advancing to be successful human beings. Therefore, it is urgently required to put a stop to misogyny to protect and increase the productivity of the fifty per cent of the population of our country.