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Saturday, 19 January 2008

UNB . Dhaka

The chief adviser, Fakhrudin Ahmed, has said his government will be able to announce soon a women development policy to ensure equality of men and women in society. 'The ideal of equality of men and women will be reflected in the policy in line with country's constitution, UN-announced convention on elimination of all sorts of discrimination against women and Beijing working plan,' he said.

He also informed that the government had almost finalised the formulation of the 'Citizenship Act' aiming to ensure equal rights for all citizens of the country. The chief adviser made the disclosure while inaugurating the 3-day 11th National Conference 2008 of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city on Thursday.

The theme of the conference is 'Equality Needs Equal Opportunity' Norwegian ambassador in Dhaka Ingebjorg Stofring and Mahila Parishad general secretary Ayesha Khanom also spoke in the inaugural session presided over by Mahila Parishad president Hena Das.

The law adviser, AF Hassan Ariff, special assistants to chief adviser, councillors of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad from 58 districts and distinguished personalities were present at the function. The head of caretaker government called upon all to launch social movement for reducing gender disparity and preventing domestic violence alongside legal process.

He expressed his belief that overall reforms are necessary in electoral process and in socio-economic and political culture for equal partnership of the womenfolk in governing the state. Listing various successes and valuable contribution of the women community to national life and socioeconomic sector, he said even then, it is needless to say that women become victim regularly in various areas of national life. He lamented that the constitutionally recognised equal rights of men and women are not reflected largely in practical life.

The chief adviser expressed firm optimism that someday the dream of Begum Roquiya in 'women awakening' would be materialised in her homeland. He termed her pioneer of women movement in the subcontinent and hoped that her dream might come true sooner. He thanked Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, formed under the leadership of Poet Sufia Kamal, a successor to Begum Roquiya, for playing positive role in national life in realising women's rights for last 37 years.

Referring to various steps taken by the government for development and ensuring rights of women, Fakhruddin said the government had been implementing multi-sectoral programmes concerning repression against women. He said a modern DNA laboratory had been set up in Dhaka for identifying women repressors as well as various initiatives had also been taken to increase participation of women in various levels of civil and military administrations and policymaking areas. 'But most important thing is what is necessary for flourishing women's capabilities is social awareness and positive values,' he observed.

He expressed satisfaction over Bangladesh Mahila Parisahd's struggle for women development and establishing dignity involving country's progress and its role in building women movement as an auxiliary force of national movement.

He noted that despite various limitations in the patriarchal social system in a developing country, the womenfolk today made their positions in wider arena, beyond their own circles. Mahila Parishad president Hena Das in her speech demanded trial of war criminals through special tribunal, saying that the whole nation wants the trial. She hoped that the present caretaker government would start the trial process of war criminals.

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