Dhaka highlights women’s political empowerment at UN
Women’s advancement at the heart of Bangladesh’s dev endeavours: Envoy
Publish- October 06, 2018, 08:46 PM
Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Ambassador Masud Bin Momen. File photo
Dhaka, Oct 6 (UNB) - Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Ambassador Masud Bin Momen has said Bangladesh is perhaps the only country in the world today to have attained higher level of political empowerment of women.
He also highlighted some success stories of the women in Bangladesh and said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has put advancement of women at the heart of Bangladesh’s development endeavours, “We have 72 women members in the current Parliament.”
In addition to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who is also the Leader of the House, the Speaker, the Deputy Leader and the Leader of the Opposition, all are women.
“We also have five women as members of the Cabinet,” Ambassador Momen said in his country statement at the third committee’s discussion on ‘Advancement of Women’ under the 73rd UNGA at the UN Headquarters on Friday.
He also mentioned Bangladeshi women’s success in UN peacekeeping, sports and education.
In the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index, 2017, Bangladesh has topped the South Asian countries in gender equality for the third consecutive year, ranking 47th among 144 nations jumping 25 places from previous year’s position, he recalled.
In his statement, Ambassador Momen reaffirmed Bangladesh’s commitment to contribute to the work of UN in advancing women issues as well, according to Bangladesh Mission in the UN.
“Our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had sown the seed of gender parity having rightly identified that without establishing equal rights of women with men in all spheres of the nationhood we cannot have desired level of social upliftment. His daughter also followed her father’s vision and put advancement of women at the heart of our development endeavours,” said Ambassador.
Mentioning the contributions of Prime Minister Hasina as a world leader, he said she is one of the few world leaders who was present at the adoption of both the MDGs and the ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, a unique example of successful and sustained woman leadership.
“The Prime Minister received a number of awards over the years in recognition of her efforts in women empowerment, the latest being the Global Women’s Leadership Award from Global Summit of Women 2018 in Sydney, Australia”.
He said around 20 million women are employed in agriculture, service and industrial sectors. “Women constitute 80% of 4.5 million workers engaged in the largest export earning garments sector”.
The Ambassador also mentioned several action plans for preventing violence against women and children; ending child marriage; combating human trafficking which were adopted and implemented by the Sheikh Hasina government.
He said, “We are also mindful of bringing the marginalized and vulnerable section of womenfolk under social safety net programmes so that no one is left behind”.