Vol. 5 Num 561 Sat. December 24, 2005  

Social movement a must for promoting gender equality
Women's rights activists tell confce

Social movement is a must for mainstreaming gender issues into policy and development programmes with a view to promoting gender equality, said women's rights activists at a national conference yesterday.

They also called for raising awareness at the grassroots level to ensure equal rights for women.

The Gender Trainers' and Activists' Core Group (TCG) of the Steps Towards Development organised the two-day conference at the BIAM auditorium in the city, with the slogan, 'Journey Towards Gender Equality'.

The conference is aimed at making a common commitment to establishing women rights at every level.

Fifteen rights activists were also honoured at the inaugural session of the conference for their contribution to women's rights movement.

They are President of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad Hena Das, litterateur Selina Hossain, development expert and Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Taherunnessa Abdullah, women rights activists Dr Hameeda Hossain, Salma Khan, Maleka Begum, Prof Nazma Chowdhury, Ayesha Khanam, Shirin Haque and Bela Nabi, Editor of the daily Sangbad Bazlur Rahman, President of Proshika Manobik Unnayan Kendra Dr Quazi Faroque, Project Co-ordinatior of Gonoshasthya Kendra Dr Zafarullah Chowdhury, Development Affairs Advisor at Royal Norwegian Embassy Zakia K Hasan and Jhawshan A Rahman.

Speaking on the occasion, Hena Das said women of different classes in the subcontinent have been struggling to establish their rights since the '40s.

They also played an important role in the liberation war, she added.

There should be a system of equal opportunity for men and women in society, where men will show proper respect to women, said Selina Hossain.

The speakers also called for establishing equal inheritance and guardianship rights at every sphere of life.

President of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad Hena Das lights a candle at the inaugural session of a national conference at the BIAM auditorium in the city yesterday. The Gender Trainers' and Activists' Core Group (TCG) organised the event. PHOTO: STAR