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Call to strengthen women’s decision-making power

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 11 March, 2022 12:00 AM
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Call to strengthen women’s decision-making power

Development is not sustainable without effective participation of women in the development process of the country.

Therefore, participation of women in decision-making must be increased.

Speakers made the remarks at a seminar titled ‘Gender Equality in Sustainable Development: PKSF and SDG-5’ organised by Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) at the organisation’s auditorium in the capital on Thursday.

Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni was the chief guest of the function with PKSF Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad in the chair.

In her speech Dr Dipu Moni said, “It is true that our Prime Minister and Leader of the Parliament, Deputy Leader of Parliament, Speaker, and Leader of the Opposition are women. Yet women’s position in decision-making is still low.”

She called for more participation of women in politics. Referring to tailoring, cooking and cleaning, Dipu Moni said that usually these household works are expected to be done by women and they don’t get anything for these works but whenever monetary value is added to these works, men do these.

“A woman has to learn a lot of ‘no’ in social, cultural and religious rituals. Women need to be given courage to break the walls of ‘no’. They need to realise their inherent strength. With that power, women have to conquer everything,” she said.

PKSF Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad said, “Women are given priority in all the activities of PKSF. Once women were nominal members in development activities at the field level and they handed over their hard earned money to their husband or father. But that situation has changed. Now they take decision on how they would use their money. This freedom of women is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

PKSF Managing Director Dr Nomita Halder presented the keynote paper in the seminar in order to review the SDG-5 (Gender Equality) Achievements and Indicators prepared by the United Nations. “PKSF is providing various financial and non-financial services to more than one and a half crore families through a wide range of projects and programmes. More than 90 percent of the direct members of these activities are women as no development is sustainable without effective involvement of women in the development process,” she said.

Financial Institutions Division (FID) Secretary Sheikh Mohammad Salim Ullah attended the seminar as special guest while Independent University of Bangladesh (IUB) Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Niaz Ahmed Khan and Bangladesh Open University (BOU) Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Mahbuba Nasreen discussed on the keynote paper.

Officials of various government and non-government organisations also participated in the programme.