|Published : 14 Mar 2017, 11:56:29 | Updated : 14 Mar 2017, 12:00:46|
Nordic embassies extol BD women contribution
Nordic embassies in Dhaka have celebrated international women day highlighting the contribution of women in the development of a country.
The Embassy of Norway hosted the special event on Monday ‘celebrating women empowerment’ on behalf of the Nordic embassies in Dhaka – Sweden and Denmark are the other two – bringing together “role models” for what women can achieve.
Bangladesh Federation of Women Entrepreneurs President Rokia Afzal Rahman was the chief guest while a university student and two poor women narrated their stories of struggle to lead a “happy” life
'Be bold for change' has been the theme of this year’s international women day which is being officially celebrated on March 8.
“This day is a unique opportunity for us to highlight the results of the inventiveness and creativity of Bangladeshi women,” Norway Ambassador Sidsel Bleken said.
“Women empowerment is important not only on an individual level. It is equally important for society. Women’s participation in politics as well as in the formal economy is crucial for a country’s development,” she said.
Sumaya Rahman Kanti, a 2O-year-old law student from Rajshahi University, encountered unpleasant experiences both on and off the campus that led her to work towards making her campus a safer place for women and girls.
Rubina Ahmed described how her husband used to beat him to get money from her family. They were later divorced, and now Rubina sews clothes and makes small dolls, selling those she is leading a “very happy” life.
Sandha Rani Mistri, became a widow in her teens, remembered her struggle to survive when he lost even her parents.
She is now an elected Union Parishad Member from a southern Barisal Banaripara Upazila. – source bdnews24.com