PM stresses women empowerment to elevate their position in society

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said women’s position in the society would not be elevated without their empowerment, adding their plights multiply during any conflict and disaster.

“It’s beyond question that women are the most vulnerable section of society, especially in third world countries. They suffer violence in various forms, malnutrition, illiteracy and other basic needs. Their plights multiply during any conflict and disaster,” she said.

The premier said this at the inaugural ceremony of the two-day International Women Peace and Security-WPS Seminar-2022, jointly organized by the Armed Forces Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Bangladesh Police at Army Multipurpose Complex, Dhaka Cantonment.

To address the peace and security issues of women, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution number 1,325 which established the Women Peace and Security-WPS agenda, she said, adding that Bangladesh is proud to be a part in formulating the resolution.

Sheikh Hasina said that since its independence, Bangladesh has been working on promoting women in all spheres of national life.

She said the Constitution of Bangladesh framed under the guidance of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman guarantees equal rights to women.

Article 28 (1) of the Constitution says: The State shall not discriminate against any citizen on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, while clause (2) of the same Article stipulates: Women shall have equal rights with men in all spheres of the State and of public life.

The prime minister said that her government has enacted Women Policy-2011 and the policy has taken measures to ensure women’s overall development and active participation in the mainstream socio-economic activities and remove all the impediments to their empowerment.

She added that their enhanced participation and contribution to the sectors like politics, administration, education, businesses, sports, armed forces etc have been transforming the socio-economic landscape of Bangladesh.

Sheikh Hasina mentioned that gender parity in Bangladesh’s all sectors has improved due to greater participation of women in socio-economic and political activities.