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Parties urged to nominate one-third women in JS polls

DHAKA, April 18, 2017 (BSS) - Right activists, experts, bureaucrats at a dialogue today urged the country's political parties to give nomination to women in one-third against total seats in the parliament election to ensure their empowerment in politics.

"To engage women in the mainstream of sustainable development, fruitful and effective participation of women should be ensured in politics and decision making process," Bangladesh Mahila Parishad Joint General Secretary Rakhi Das Purkayastha said while delivering keynote speech.

Purkayastha said at least one-third women should be given space in different sectors especially in politics, constitutional institutions, financial and industrial institutions, private and corporate sectors.

Citizen's Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh and Bangladesh Mahila Parishad jointly organized the dialogue styled "Global Development Agenda and Women's Rights: New Consideration" at CIRDAP auditorium here.

State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki joined the dialogue as chief guest while former adviser to a caretaker government Professor Wahiduddin Mahmud, Member of General Economics Division of Planning Commission Dr Shamsul Alam attended it as special guests.

Dr Shamsul Alam called for raising the number of women in politics so that they can vie in the parliament election.

"As a citizen, I can put a demand that every political party must nominate at least one-third women in parliament election as they can participate in the direct election," he suggested.

Rakhi Das Purkayastha called for following democratic norms, abstaining from negative political culture and putting special emphasis on gender sensitivity in politics.

She stressed on creating congenial environment to ensure participation of men and women in household acts to lessen the burden on women.

Meher Afroze Chumki sought cooperation of all including rights activists and non-government organizations to establish equal rights of women to achieve sustainable goals.

She said the ministry always considers the suggestions and recommendation of the rights activists and others concerned in taking any initiatives for the development and empowerment of women.

Bangladesh, she said, has made a remarkable success in achieving Millennium Development Goals and hoped the country will succeed in sustainable development goals (SDGs) too as the government has coordinated seventh five-year plan with the SDGs to help achieve the targets.

The state minister also underscored the need for raising social consciousness to stop repression on women, child marriage, dowry and other social problems.

Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association Executive Director Advocate Salma Ali and Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Selima Ahmad also addressed the function.

Citizen's Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh Convener and distinguished fellow of Centre for Policy Dialogue Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya conducted the event.