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8 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is being observed in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the world today. The observance of the day every year has become a ritualistic affair. Half of the total population of our country is women but numerical strength will do little if their participation in the mainstream development activities of the country is not ensured. The observance of the day should not only be confined to movement towards gender equality and women’s suffrage but much more than that. The day is the right time to take stock of achievements and successes of women in various spheres of life.

There is no denying the fact that women are going ahead defying various impediments confronting them. Their exposure to the different sectors of life, particularly in the RMG industry, has opened up a wide avenue for them. This has helped them achieve solvency for them and provide economic support to their families. In recent years in Bangladesh, more women have entered into challenging careers -- such as the armed forces, entrepreneurship and public administration -- but women still face discrimination and career progression is often obstructed by men.  

Unfortunately in Bangladesh there are scores of women who are quite in the dark  about the significance of March 8. For making the International Women’s Day a   success, women in increasing number need to participate and come up with ideas to help Bangladeshi women advance more. Many women of our country are deprived of the benefits of women friendly laws. The present government has done a lot for the improvement of the lot of women but much more should be done.

Hundreds of women are still suffering due to violence perpetrated on them by their male counterparts. Gender discrimination has bedeviled many a woman. Vast womenfolk in rural areas of the country are still leading sub-human life due to abysmal poverty, illiteracy, curse of early marriage, pangs of premature motherhood and dowry.

In many cases fair wages and remunerations elude them. It is the responsibility of the authorities concerned for ensuring proper wages for them. Small women entrepreneurs should be provided with loans on easy terms and conditions.  What is needed is ensuring large-scale participation of women in the development process.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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