News Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that women are the weakest part of the society and their misery increases manifold in any conflict and disaster. He said this at the 'International Women Peace and Security Seminar 2022' at the Army Multipurpose Complex in Dhaka Cantonment on Monday (November 28) morning.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, it is unquestionable, women are the weakest section of the society, especially in third world countries. They are victims of various forms of violence, malnutrition, illiteracy and other basic needs. In any conflict and calamity, their plight increases manifold.
Appreciating the adoption of the resolution in the UN Security Council to solve the problem of women's peace and security, he said, the United Nations has established the Women's Peace and Security Agenda. Bangladesh is proud to participate in the formulation of that resolution.
The prime minister said that Bangladesh has been working for the development of women in all aspects of national life since independence.
Sheikh Hasina said that if there was no empowerment, the condition of women would not have improved in the society. My government has formulated Women Policy 2011. Under the policy, we have taken measures to ensure holistic development and active participation of women in mainstream socio-economic activities and remove all barriers to their empowerment.
He said, the participation and contribution of women in politics, administration, education, business, sports, armed forces etc. has changed the socio-economic scenario of Bangladesh.
Sheikh Hasina said, due to greater participation of women in socio-economic and political activities, gender equality in Bangladesh has improved in all areas. Bangladesh is at the top position in terms of gender equality among South Asian countries.
Highlighting Bangabandhu's contribution to the welfare of women, Sheikh Hasina said, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman correctly identified the essence of gender equality at the beginning of the formation of our nation. We cannot reach the desired level of national development without establishing equal rights for women by providing equal opportunities.
He said that the constitution of Bangladesh made under the guidance of Bangabandhu has ensured equal rights for women. Article 28(1) of the Constitution states: The State shall not discriminate against any citizen solely on grounds of religion, caste, colour, sex or place of birth. Clause (2) of the same article states: Women and men shall have equal rights in all spheres of state and public life.