Women leaders, policymakers, women rights activists and women returnee migrant workers on Monday called for establishing the equal rights for all women in every sphere of life.
Celebrating international women’s day, they urged the government to take necessary steps to recognize and honour the valued contribution of women as they were playing significant role in the society.
The speakers made the remarks while delivering their opinions at a discussion marking the International Women’s Day. The meeting was organized by WARBE Development Foundation, Bangladesh Obhibashi Odhikar Forum in collaboration with British Council’s Prokas Programme in the city.
Former women MPs and members of Parliamentarians’ Caucus on Migration and Development Rokhsana Yesmin Suty and Selina Jahan Lita took part in the discussion at the National Press Club.
Speaking at the meeting, Rokhsana Yesmin expressed her hope that country’s women folk would come forward gradually to establish their equal rights at all strata of the society.
Describing present Awami League government as women friendly, she said that they were bringing many changes in policy levels realizing importance of women, she added.
Another caucus member and former MP Selina Jahan Lita said that women could tolerate more pains than their male counterparts in some cases.
The participants who ranged from civil society leaders, trade unionists to grassroots organizers, urged the government to ratify the ILO convention 189 and 190 to ensure decent works and build a society free from gender based violence
Some returnee women migrants said that women migrants should be sent broad after giving them proper training abould food habits of the destination countries.
Global migration expert and WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque who also took part in the discussion said that equal plus opportunity should be ensured for all women.
WARBE DF director Jasia Khatoon, BOMSA director Farida Yeasmin, National Domestic Workers leader Murshida Akter, trade union leader Abul Hossain and BOAF chairman Nazmul Ahsan, among others also spoke at the discussion.