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Discriminatory behavior must be avoided in an inclusive society: Speaker

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  • 05 September, 2023 23:17:40

Correspondent: Speaker of Bangladesh National Parliament. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury MP said that the number of social media users in Bangladesh is constantly increasing. Many people are ignorantly using negative comments on social media to express their opinions on certain issues. He urged everyone to refrain from discriminatory behavior in an inclusive society. 

He said these things in his speech as the chief guest at the consultative workshop titled 'Gendered Hate Speech and Bangladesh Delta Plan 2022' organized by UNDP at the Cabinet Room of the National Parliament on September 5 (Tuesday).

Under the supervision of KM Abdus Salam, Senior Secretary of the National Parliament, UNDP's Parliamentary Program Chief Coordinator Mahmudul Hasan discussed the main content of the workshop. Former member of National Human Rights Commission on 'Understanding Key Trends of Gendered Hate, Its Impact and Parliaments Role to Combat Hate Speech' and Minister of State for Planning Dr. Shamsul Alam discusses 'Understanding Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100: Parliament's Role to Accelerate Its Implementation'. 

Deputy Speaker Md. Samshul Haque Tuku MP and Resident Representative of UNDP Stefan Leela gave speeches as special guests at the workshop. 

Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury MP said, hate speech existed in the society for ages. Along with the evolution of the society, the violence of the negative comments is increasing on the basis of religion-caste, men-women and country-time-caste. He said, the culture of racism cannot be prevented by laws alone.

He said that students should be made aware of hate speech and racism in all educational institutions. Children need to be taught to show genuine respect for certain people and things. He said, it should be ensured that men and women can work with equal dignity in the family-society or workplace.

Thanking the presenter for the excellent presentation of the thematic essay on hate speech, the speaker said that parliamentarians should play an important role in getting rid of hate speech in the society. Hate speech free social system will be developed in this country only through the awareness of the next generation. 

Member of National Parliament and Whip Mahabub Ara Begum Gini, President of Standing Committee on Ministry of Shipping Major (retd) Rafiqul Islam Biruttam, President of Standing Committee on Ministry of Women and Child Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki, Shamim Haider Patwari, Habibe Millat, Umm Kulsoom Smriti, Begum Monira Sultana, Syeda Rubina Akhtar, Advocate Gloria Jharna Sarkar, Adiba Anjum Mita, Begum Khodeja Nasreen Akhtar Hossain, Shabnam Jahan, Rumana Ali, Mocha: Shamima Akhtar Khanum, Mocha. Dorothy Rahman, AM Naimur Rahman, Fakhrul Imam, Ahmed Feroz Kabir, Dr. Samil Uddin Ahmed Shimul and related senior officials of the Parliament Secretariat were present at the time.


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