RAJSHAHI, March 8, 2018 (BSS) - Various government and non-government development organisations today observed the International Women's Day befittingly with a vow to free the womenfolk from all sorts of violence, disparity and discrimination.
Marking the day, district administration and department of women affairs organized a human chain and street-corner meeting in Bilshimla area in the city.
Local unit Awami Leaders Shaheen Akhter, Prof Zinatunnessa Talukder and Morzina Parveen, Deputy Commissioner SM Abdul Kader, Senior Assistant Superintendent of Police Abdur Razzaque and District Women Affairs Officer Shobnom Shirin addressed the meeting.
Various development organisations including Bangladesh Mohila Parishad, Association for Community Development (ACD), Ladies Organization for Social Welfare and Action for Disability and Development observed the day.
A huge procession was brought out from Alupatti crossing which paraded the main thoroughfares of the city carrying banners and festoons. The procession converged into an hour-long human chain at Shaheb Bazar crossing.
Taking part in the discussion, the development activists unanimously said gender balance is the precondition to substantial and sustainable progress of the nation and it is very important for the development of the national economy.
They also emphasized the need for freeing society from gender discrimination to establish a non-discriminatory and equitable society for taking the nation forward successfully.
The development activists called for ending violence against women by empowering them socially and educationally so that they could be mainstreamed into the national development.
They mentioned that overall national development cannot be possible until the womenfolk are educated and all their fundamental rights are ensured.
They also called for acknowledging the domestic women workers as labourers so that they could ensure their legitimate rights.