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Women leaders vow to establish gender-eqality

Around a thousand women yesterday vowed to resist those running a violent street campaign against the national women development policy.

They made the vow at the second national convocation organised by The Hunger Project, a non-government organisation working to end poverty and hunger.

Addressing the gathering at the Gonoshasthya Kendra auditorium, women leaders said they would press forward defying the obstacles put up by religious extremists and establish a gender-equal society.

They said women are yet to have their fundamental rights even after 37 years since independence.

Speaking as the chief guest, noted economist Muzaffer Ahmad said no-one can deny women's contribution to the welfare of family, society and nation.

Dr Badiul Alam Mazumder, country director of Hunger Project, said people irrespective of their gender identity will have to unite in opposition to those who are out to curb women rights.

Mahfuza Khanam, general secretary of Asiatic Society, said women must take on a more proactive role in nation-building.

Dr Jafarullah Chowdhury of Gono Shasthya Kendra, and women leaders Dilara Zaman, Rehena Siddique, Laila Rahman Kabir, Latifa Akanda and Nasima Akhtar Jolly, among others, spoke on the occasion.

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