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Protect rights of girl children

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 2 October, 2022 12:00 AM
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Protect rights of girl children
Guests attend a roundtable discussion at the head office of Bengali daily Kaler Kantho at Bashundhara Residential Area in the capital on Saturday. Kaler Kantho Editor Shahed Muhammad Ali was present on the occasion. —SUN photo

Experts have emphasised the importance of orchestrating a social movement apart from formulating strong legal framework to protect rights of girl children.

They made the call at a roundtable discussion organised by Bengali daily Kaler Kantho at its head office in the capital on Saturday. Public Health Association of Bangladesh (PHAB), Marie Stopes Bangladesh and Team Associates were the co-organisers of the event.

The speakers also urged the rights activists to be vocal about social prejudice and injustice against girl children.

Prof Dr Ainoon Naher of department of anthropology at Jahangirnagar University and Halida Hanum of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health made keynote presentations at the programme. Kaler Kantho Editor Shahed Muhammad Ali made the address of welcome.

Speaking on the occasion, PHAB President Professor Shah Monir Hossain said family should focus on how much girl children eat nutritious food.

Dr SM Shahidullah, in his speech, urged the media to depict the real picture of the health sector as there is a lack of coordination between different departments of the government.

Directorate General of Family Planning Director Dr Mahmudur Rahman, Public Health Physician Dr Abu Jamil Faisel, Prof Mansur Ahmed of Bangladesh University of Health Science, Prof Mohammad Bellal Hossain of Dhaka University, Marie Stopes Bangladesh Director Dr Farhana Ahmed, Team Associates Programme Coordinator Fatema Tuz Zohra and Associate Professor Romen Raihan of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University spoke on the occasion.

Marie Stopes Bangladesh Advocacy Lead Monjun Nahar moderated the session.