Rapid macroeconomic success empowering rural women

Dhaka,  Tue,  25 July 2017
Published : 12 Jul 2017, 22:06:22
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Rapid macroeconomic success empowering rural women

RANGPUR, Jul 12 (BSS): Rapid macroeconomic success has accelerated empowerment of rural women herein the district when the nation has engaged in all-out efforts to attain sustainable development goals (SDGs).

"As a result of self-reliance achieved by thousands of rural women through income generating activities, the rate of poverty has reduced to the minimum enhancing women empowerment," said acting deputy commissioner Sultana Pervin.

Successful implementation of the massive social safety net and other programmes of the government also assisted rural women in eradicating seasonal poverty-like situation or 'monga' from the district, she added.

According to executive director of Rangpur-based research organisation 'Northbengal Institute of Development Studies' Dr Syed Samsuzzaman, the rural women contributed tremendously during the past eight years to eradicate abject poverty.

"Because of significant improvement in socio- economic conditions of rural women, none can find women or adolescents as domestic helps in rural areas of the district where people had to suffer from seasonal lean periods even a decade ago," he said.

Director (Development Programme) of RDRS Bangladesh Monjushree Saha said socio-economic condition of rural women has improved because of engagements with various income generating activities under effective GO-NGO-private sector initiatives.

"Thousands of rural women have achieved self- reliance through small-scale enterprises, businesses, cottage industries, sewing, micro-credit activities, homestead farming, rearing poultry birds, animals and other income generations activities," she said.

Most of the rural women are now living with their children in economic solvency though they had to live in utter miseries, especially during the 'monga' periods, due to abject poverty in the pasts, Mojnu added.

Deputy director Dilgir Alam of the Department of Youth Development here said about 3,000 unemployed male and female youths were provided with training on 11 vocational and other trades to make them self-reliant in the district in recent years.

"The easy-term and interest-free loans, training for unemployed girls and women on various trades for self-employment, assistance of the government, NGOs, donor agencies, development partners largely assisted rural women in eradicating poverty," he added.

District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Faridul Haque said the government has been effectively implementing comprehensive social safety-net programmes to eradicate poverty and improve livelihoods of the poor.

"Implementation of Test Relief, Food for Work, Works for Taka, Vulnerable Group Development, Vulnerable Group Feeding and allowances for elderly citizens, widows and distressed women improved economic conditions of rural women," he said.
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