International Women’s Day

Women’s Movement and Women’s Progress

Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Author: Kausik Das

Dhaka, Bangladesh – Vision for gender sensitive, violence free, empowered nation was the consensus of the women leaders as came out on the multilogue organized in commemoration of International Women’s day, and to mark the opening of the 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) of the United Nations in New York by UN Women on 14th March at the National Press Club.

Photo: UN Women/Kausik Das

The discussion was kicked off sharing the history of global Women’s movement and at national context. Prominent legal expert, Advocate Salma Ali from Bangladesh National Women’s Lawyers Association (BNWLA), highlighted the importance of violence free Bangladesh for which effective legal instruments can play a key role to bring justice in favor of women. In this context, one of the women leaders, Ms. Salma Khan from Women for Women, raised critical need to address the discrimination issues not only at individual level but at institutional and political level. This issue was further reinforced with the statement of Ms. Masuda Khatun Shefali from Nari Uddyog Kendro (NUK), who flagged women’s political participation and youth leadership to scale up the women’s issue. In order to take this forward, Ms. Shireen Huq from NARIPOKKHO emphasized on integrating gender equality in the country’s development agenda. Ms. Khushi Kabir from Nijera Kori raised her opinion on women’s key role to be played in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to ensure gender equality issues. Ms. Ayesha Khanam from Bangladesh Mohila Parishad called for youth participation to take the gender agenda in the forefront to make a difference.

Ayesha Khanam from Bangladesh Mohila Parishad called for youth participation. Photo: UN Women/Kausik Das

The achievements of the women’s movement and great deeds of individual activists were celebrated in the event. Progress towards advancing gender equality agenda in Bangladesh specifically progress made in reducing maternal and child mortality rate, achieving MDG targets and many more has also been shared to inspire and encourage young activists who will lead the movement to achieve equality.

The event was glittered with determined young people, students, and volunteers with passion and vision to carry forward the collective struggle for women’s rights. Active involvement of youth as a change maker with new ideas and fresh energy was called on in the event.

Ms. Dilruba Haider from UN Women, wrapped up the discussion revolved around women’s empowerment with appreciation for highlighting core human rights movement by the women leaders.

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Please contact: Kausik Das
Monitoring and Communication Officer for UN Women Bangladesh