International Women’s Day
Create mass awareness to stop violence against women: PM
She calls upon media to publish names of rapists, not victims
Published : Sunday, 10 March, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 369
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday stressed the need for creating mass awareness in society to root out discriminations and violence against women.
She noted that only enactment of laws cannot contain violence and remove disparity between men and women.
The Prime Minister called upon all to publicize names, addresses and pictures of rapists, not rape victims so that people treat them with hatred. This type of criminal needs to be isolated from the society, she said.
She said this while addressing a function organized by the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs marking the International Women's Day at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Women and Children Affairs Ministry Meher Afroz Chumki chaired the programme.
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh Mia Seppo was present as a special guest while Secretary of the Ministry Kamrun Nahar delivered the welcome address at the function.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Minister in charge of Women and Children Affairs Ministry, expressed her deep resentment over rape incidents and termed the rapists enemies of society.
"The legal course is also there but this problem not only exists in Bangladesh alone, it happens in developed and civilized countries, too," she said.
The Prime Minister urged all to remain alert to discrimination against girl children as well.
She said women of the country have already proved themselves which could not be done by women in many developed and civilized countries around the world. "The women of Bangladesh showed that they can."
Recalling the role of the Father of the Nation in upholding the dignity of women, Hasina said Bangabandhu ensured their equal rights in all spheres of life.
While talking about Bangabandhu's various steps taken for rehabilitation of those mothers and sisters tortured by Pakistani occupation forces and their local cohorts, she said many parents did not accept their daughters violated during the War of Liberation.
Hasina said the successes of women is everywhere in Bangladesh and they are now at an equal stage along with their male counterparts in education, sports and creative works.
She mentioned that the country's women are now in very high position in all sectors like the administration, judiciary, education as well as the armed forces and in law-enforcement agencies.
The Prime Minister also elaborated various steps taken by her government for the development and welfare of women.
In the programme, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina dedicated the 'Lifetime Contribution for Women Empowerment Award' given by the Institute of South Asian Women (ISAW) to her to the womenfolk of the world including those in Bangladesh.
A documentary on women empowerment and achievements in Bangladesh was screened at the function.
Earlier, the Prime Minister distributed 'Joyeeta' awards among the winners for their outstanding contributions to their respective fields.
The recipients are Parul Akhter, Anamika Thakur Shilpi, Begum Razia Mahmud, Hasna Begum, and Shakera Begum Banu.
Later, the Prime Minister witnessed a cultural function and visited the stalls of women entrepreneurs.