Eastern Times Correspondent, Dhaka, 8 March : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the women of the country to be more qualified through education and training to attain their own rights.
“Right has to be achieved and quality is needed to attain it. And this quality would come through education and training,” she said while addressing a ceremony as the chief guest, joining virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka on Monday.
The Ministry of Women and Children Affairs organized the function at Bangladesh Shishu Academy Auditorium to mark this year’s International Women’s Day, which is being observed on Monday.
Sheikh Hasina told the women that no right is realized through shouting and delivering speeches rather it comes on the basis of skilfulness.
Referring to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s move to make primary education free and compulsory for women, she said her government is now providing scholarships up to higher education where over 70% beneficiaries are female students.
She said: “Both men and women must be educated to build the society.”
“If we want to advance the society then all, irrespective of women and men, have to go forward keeping their shoulders side by side,” she said.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, five successful women were given the Joyeeta awards with crests and money.
They are Hasina Begum Nila, Miftahul Jannat, Mosammat Helennesa Begum, Robijan and Anjana Bala Bishwas.
On behalf of the Prime Minister, State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatun Nessa Indira handed over the awards to the recipients.
With Fazilatun Nessa Indira in the chair, UN Resident Coordinator to Bangladesh Mia Seppo also spoke as the special guest. Women and Children Affairs Secretary Md Sayedul Islam delivered the welcome address while Hasina Begum Nila also spoke on behalf of the Joyeeta Women.
At the outset of the ceremony, an inauguration song and a documentary on Liberation War, Mujib Borsho and women development were screened.
The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is “Women in leadership, achieving an equal future in Covid-19 world”.