Girls have to stand on their own feet. They have to utilize their talent. Women should come to all sectors of economy. In spite of various obstacles, the government has created employments for women at every sphere, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
She said this while addressing on the occasion of International Women's Day in Bangabandhu International Conference Center on Thursday morning. The discussion was held at the initiative of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs. The Prime Minister handed over ‘Joyeeta Award’ to 5 women for their contribution in various fields of the society.
Sheikh Hasina said women's rights will not come walking on its own feet. Women's economic independence is very important. So girls should not rest idly. They have to stand on their own feet. In fact, it still creates doubt whether those who were in power after 1975 believed in Bangladesh's independence or not.
She said women will have to earn that right. They will have to achieve economic capability. They have to be self-reliant. Only then will the rights of women be guaranteed.
The Prime Minister said we are giving priority to women in every workplace. There was no woman in our High Court. I came and took that initiative. I came and appointed women for the post of SP. In addition, we have ensured women leadership in every field. We have increased maternity leave for six months.
She also said our girls are no longer lagging behind in sports. Our girls are now going to Everest. We are trying to bring women leadership to grassroots level.
Recalling post-war memory, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, many women were rescued from the army camp when the country was free. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman married off them after their treatment.
Many of these Birangana women were without parents and houses. When he was asked what to write in place of their father name in marriage registration form, he (Bangabandhu) told them, 'Write their father's name Bangabandhu, house number 32'.
The discussion was chaired by state Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki. Secretary of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs Nasima Begum delivered welcome speech at the conference.