DHAKA, Mar 13, 2018(BSS)-Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, MP, said today that the biggest challenge that women face was of discrimination in daily life.
He particularly singled out the religious zealots, militants, war criminals and superstition for propagating the ideology of subjugation of women.
The minister was speaking at the 16th founding anniversary of the "Nari Sangbadik Kendro" at the Jatiya Press Club.
Referring to the many forms of harassment women face, every day, in a patriarchal society he said that women must stand up to the challenges and face them head-on.
He referred to the glorious role of women in the Liberation War and said they had to fight three battles: one of liberating the country, another of saving their lives and the third one, of protecting their honor.
To great applause of the audience, he said that although there were male Razakars, there were no female Razakars.
He said the struggle for women's empowerment must continue and women must attain their position by their merit and not through their physical beauty.
He criticized the advertising agencies for commoditization of women because they display women more than the products they were publicizing.
"It's a gray area which needs to be properly understood," he said.
He said that the government through the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) would extend cooperation in this regard.
The minister also appealed to women to boycott Khaleda Zia because she was harboring the very elements that had persecuted women during the Liberation War.