Egyptian society is witnessing an escalated battle of words between clerics and
intellectuals because of the statement of the grand sheikh of Al-Azhar, Imam
Ahmad Al-Tayeb, in which he authorized husbands to beat their wives.
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Sentenced To Life Imprisonment in Kathua Rape, Murder Case
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Women Advocates Hail Two Decades Of 'Outstanding' King's Support For Women
Information Minister For Stopping Violence Against Women, Children
Clerics, Intellectuals Clash Over Wife-Beating Fatwa
society is witnessing an escalated battle of words between clerics and
intellectuals because of the statement of the grand sheikh of Al-Azhar, Imam
Ahmad Al-Tayeb, in which he authorized husbands to beat their wives.
sheikh recently rolled back his fatwa and called out to criminalize such acts.
sheikh of Al-Azhar explained the words “and hit them” in verse 34 of the
chapter “The Women,” in one of the television programs that were broadcast
during the month of Ramadan. He confirmed that the interpretation of the verse
indicates the possibility of hitting the wife (wrong-doer) gently.
few days ago, he said in a statement issued by Alzhar institute: “The beating
of the wife has become one of the things that causes her psychological harm and
reflects negatively on the family. The intellectual of Makkah, Ibn Atta, was
among the first who refused to hit (his wife) and did not consider it contrary
to what was stated in the Holy Qur’an.
have no objection at Al-Azhar to opening the debate in this matter between
scientists. I hope to live to see legislation in our Arab and Islamic world
thinkers believe the statement was a retreat from the sheikh’s explanation in
the televised episode.
was expressed by many researchers on the issue of beating women. One of these
was Islam Bahiri, a researcher in the of Islamic heritage, who opposed the
views of Sheikh Al-Azhar in a lengthy study titled “Islam does not know the
beating of wives.”
Bahiri said in his study that there is nothing in Islam that allows the wife’s
beating for discipline and that the early researchers interpreted the “nashuz”
word in the Holy Qur’an without looking at the unity of the subject or the
context or even the hadith of the Prophet (PBUH).
Prophet stressed that “nashuz” is the opposite of “chastity,” not disobedience
to the husband, as the interpreters thought.
sheikh of Al-Azhar said it was alright for husbands to beat their wives, only
to take it back and called for a law against such abuse
stressed that the problem lies in understanding the verse: “Men are the
protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more
(strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means.
Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the
husband’s) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose
part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (next), refuse
to share their beds, (And last) beat them (lightly); but if they return to
obedience, seek not against them Means (of annoyance).”
added that the verse is not related with the word “beating” and has nothing to
do with the disobedience of the husband’s command.
controversy heated up when researcher and Egyptian parliamentary MP Mohammed
Abu Hamed said in a statement that “the opinion of Sheikh Al-Azhar on the
permissibility of beating the husband is his main ideology and the speech is
recorded in audio and video.”
Al-Sawy, the editor-in-chief of Al-Azhar’s official newspaper Al-Azhar, said in
a special statement that “the great imam often supported the rights of women
and called for normal and fair relations between men and women.”
a researcher at Al-Azhar, told Arab News that the beating that was permitted by
the sheikh of Al-Azhar is only deterrence by the husband, not intimidation.
purpose is maintaining the guardianship of the man and making the woman
conscious of her wrongdoing.”
said that beating was a misinterpretation of the words that the Prophet (peace
be upon him) hit with a “toothpick,” and that it is known that beating with
“Sewak (tooth brush)” does not result in any physical pain or physical
said that it has the role of keeping the family from collapsing and preventing
family bonds from weakening, as would happen if the wife is allowed to disobey.
Egyptian Fatwa House addressed the issue in a special email that was seen by
Arab News. Here is its response:
scholars unanimously agreed that beating is not intended to harm the wife or to
insult her. Rather, it is permissible in some cases, and not obligatory, and in
some situations where such behavior is not an insult to the wife or a harm to
her, but simply to show the husband’s dissatisfaction and anger at her leaving
her duties.” A slight blow from the perspective of disappointment and not to
leave an impact, and that is by “Sewak (toothpick) and toothbrush” and anything
that is not a tool for hitting.”
women go places with female-only taxi service
her blind spot, Fatima Dzhambulatova changes lanes on a busy avenue in
Chechnya’s capital Grozny. In this Muslim republic of Russia, she is
spearheading a women-only taxi service.
the wheel of a white sedan bearing the bright purple logo “Mekhkari”, the name
of the service launched this spring, the 49-year-old taxi driver explains the
appeal of women drivers in the conservative region.
clients have husbands who won’t allow them into a car with another man, she
says, while some believe women are safer drivers, and others simply prefer
riding with a member of the same sex.
the sparse office of Mekhkari, which means “girls” in Chechen, founder
MadinaTsakaeva said she got the idea after realising she preferred to ride with
female drivers, who were hard to find.
was very rare for our city,” she said. “So we did a survey on social media
about what people thought of the idea of a women-only taxi.” The project
eventually got financial backing, the amount of which has not been made public,
from the Emirates-based Zayed Fund for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which
opened a Grozny chapter in 2017.
far, Mekhkari has five drivers and a fleet of five cars. LibkanBazayeva,
coordinator of Grozny-based women’s rights organisation Women For Development,
said that the idea for a women-only taxi service in Chechnya had been a long
the Soviet era, you could count the number of women who drove on one hand, the
whole republic knew them and their entire life story,” she said. That started
to change about a decade ago.
2008, Women For Development organised free driving courses for about 100 women,
half of whom began driving in Grozny. Traffic policemen in the city of 270,000
were shocked, Bazayeva said, but the campaign proved “infectious” and women
behind the wheel are now common.
Zayed fund stressed the value for conservative Muslims of the female-only taxi
company, which only takes bookings for women passengers or women travelling
with children. The service “will be very convenient from the point of view of
religious norms and traditions,” the fund said on its Instagram account in late
March, when it made the decision to approve the funding.
the end of two separatist wars with the Russian government, Chechnya has in
recent years seen a resurgence of Islam, encouraged by its leader
RamzanKadyrov, who has governed the North Caucasus region with an iron fist
it’s not only conservative Islamic traditions that compel women in Grozny to
use the service: passengers say that they also appreciate what they describe as
a less aggressive style of driving.
drive more erratically, women are more careful. I feel safer with a woman,”
29-year-old KhedaYusaeva said, from the back seat of Dzhambulatova’s taxi.
reason women might prefer the service is to avoid conflict with their husbands
over riding with a male stranger, Bazayeva said, adding that she knew of cases
where a man had beaten his wife simply for having a taxi driver’s phone number
saved in her address book. “The appearance of women drivers in the sphere of
this male-dominated profession is a huge step forward, a big accomplishment in
a male world,” Bazayeva said.
also said that she believed the initiative was “symbolic” of women’s
participation in the country’s economic life, in a society where their rights
are limited. Tsakaeva now has plans to add 15 more cars and is even considering
expanding to offer deliveries and other services to homes of women who cannot
leave the house.
Mekhkari first sought to recruit female drivers, there was no shortage of
experienced applicants, Tsakaeva said. Dzhambulatova said that most of the men
she had come across on the job had been positive, complimenting the car,
gesturing with a thumbs-up and asking for the taxi’s number -- for their wives.
“This is a desirable job for me, and I’m very interested in chatting with my
clients, I get some very interesting women,” the driver said, before adding: “I
like being behind the wheel.”
Sportswomen Are Finally Getting The Recognition They Deserve
is still some way to go but female sporting stars are breaking down barriers
need only look at the fierce concentration on the faces of Raneem El Welily,
Nour El Sherbini and Nour El Tayeb, sweat pouring from their brows, to realise
they would never let something as trivial as gender politics stand in their
way. The Egyptian sportswomen are making waves after rising to become the
world’s top-ranking squash players. El Sherbini in particular has been unbeaten
as the world number one in the women’s game since 2016.
are they alone. As Houriya Al Taheri, who made history as the first Arab female
Fifa footballing coach, says, when women are given half a chance to follow a
sporting dream, they pursue it “with vigour. We are here to stay.”
is not just Arab women who flourish when the doors to the world of sport are
flung open. From American professional boxer Ibtihaj Muhammad to Indian
badminton star SainaNehwal, the outstanding achievements of female talent have
shone a light on women’s participation in sport. They are rightly starting to
get the recognition they deserve. As the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup kicked off
on Friday, nearly one million tickets had been sold in advance and TV audiences
were expected to eclipse the 750 million who tuned in to watch the 2015
championship. It is only the eighth time the tournament has been held but it
will be the biggest Women’s World Cup in history with 24 teams, nine host
cities and 52 matches.
the prize money of $4 million for the champions is dwarfed by the riches on
offer in the men’s World Cup and women in sport generally still lack the same
support, salaries or sponsorship deals, despite a growing fanbase.
to Forbes, tennis star Serena Williams is the only woman among the 100
highest-paid athletes worldwide. But the tide is turning – slowly.
Multinationals like Adidas and Coca-Cola now sponsor the Fifa championship;
meanwhile Barclays bank supports the FA Women’s Super League in England.
is a promising sign that the talent of sportswomen is being recognised
alongside their male counterparts, yet it is still a fraction of what they
deserve – because not only have they excelled in sport but they have broken
through numerous cultural and social barriers to get there, particularly in
this part of the world.
must be encouraged and properly rewarded for their successes while being hailed
as role models so a younger generation of girls can aspire to their glory. Only
then can we expect to crush barriers and gender stereotypes.
Girl Finds Joy, Respect In Christian-Dominated Workplace
member of the Pangutaran tribe from Sofrontio Espanola town in southern
Palawan, the 21-year old lass is an accounting staff of Yamang Bukid Farm (YBF)
in the city's Barangay Bacungan.
a degree of Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management (BSHS) her job
involves helping the paperwork in the farm’s disbursing and budgeting section
—where all but one employees are Christians.
had reservations at first, fearing discrimination as I’m a Muslim,” Sabturani
recalls. “I’m happy, my fear is baseless.”
young lass was first noticed by the management of YBF when, during her last
year in college, she applied for a scholarship grant from the company. A
relative who works at the farm told her about the company’s scholarship grant for deserving students. To
pay for her school projects and other necessities, Sabturani asked if she could help at the farm during
weekends, which the company agreed.
was overwhelmed; everyone treated me as an equal,” she said. “I soon became
friends with Christians,” Sabturani added.
said she felt respected, even by the farmers who even dote her as their
“anak-anakan (little daughter).”
my misconceptions about Christians also vanished,” she said, adding that
erroneous notion stemming from the association of Islam with violence may have
contributed to the apparent distrust between Muslims and Christians.
also acknowledged the prevailing culture of the company that fosters respect
and fairness among farm employees.
relationship among employees and the management is tight. Here, you are not
just an employee. You feel like family, even if you’re a Muslim.”
parents are supportive of her job in a predominantly Christian workplace
that even encourages her to wear the
traditional headscarf for Muslim women, the hijab, at work.
she sometimes find it challenging to pray several times in a day particularly
during busy days at work, as part of her faith, Sabturani makes it up during
important is that you pray to Him and do your duties as a good Muslim,” she
recalls hearing her coworkers' apologies as they politely move away from her
while eating pork and other food deemed unholy in Islam.
there are three other Muslims working at the farm, aside from Sabturani.
young girl says she works not just for herself but also for her family.
want to help my parents by supporting the studies of my younger sister who’s in
senior high school. For now, that’s my dream,” she says, adding her mother owns
a lomihan (noodle soup store) back home. —LBG, GMA News
Azhiq SRINAGAR , JUNE 10, 2019
special court in Punjab's Pathankot awarded five years in prison to three
others convicted in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl from Kashmir's
of the seven accused in the Kathua rape and murder case were sentenced on
Monday by a special court in Pathankot, according to lawyers involved in the
case. One “juvenile” has been acquitted.
judge pronounced the verdict in an in camera court.
to the lawyers, the key accused — retired government official Sanjhi Ram,
special police officer (SPO) Deepak Khajuria, and civilian Parvesh Kumar, were
sentenced to life imprisonment, while SPO Surender Verma, head constable Tilak
Raj, and Sub-Inspector Anand Dutta were awarded five-year imprisonment.
lawyers, representing the eight-year-old deceased, told the media that the key
accused were held guilty under 366 (kidnapping), Section 302 (murder) and
Section 336 (rape) and 34 (common intention).
three policemen were convicted under Section 201 (destruction of evidence).
Ram’s son, who claimed to be a juvenile, has been acquitted. He had pleaded
before the court that he was appearing for a college-level examination in
Meerut when the crime was committed in Jammu’s Kathua district.
114 witnesses’ accounts were recorded in the case.
eight-year-old girl from the nomadic Bakerwal community was kidnapped in the
first week of January last year from Kathua’s Rasana area. Her body was found
in a forest area on January 17, triggering protests in the Kashmir Valley and
parts of Jammu. The Supreme Court later shifted the case from Kathua to
Pathankot for a speedy and fair trial.
family had alleged that she was kidnapped, drugged, raped and murdered inside a
temple in Kathua, apparently to drive away the community from the area.
PDP welcome judgment
to that. The guilty deserve the most severe punishment possible under law. And
to those politicians who defended the accused, vilified the victim &
threatened the legal system no words of condemnation are enough,” said National
Conference vice president Omar Abdullah.
Chief Minister and Peoples Development Party chief Mehbooba Mufti tweeted:
“High time we stop playing politics over a heinous crime where an 8-year-old
child was drugged, raped repeatedly & then bludgeoned to death. Hope
loopholes in our judicial system are not exploited and culprits get exemplary
Burkina Faso, a Sister uses music to fight forces of darkness
Macqueron-ACN News | Jun 09, 2019
Anne-Marie regularly travels throughout the country to bring a musical message
Faso is in turmoil. In May alone, jihadists killed 14 lay Catholics and a
priest in three attacks. In late April, a Protestant minister and six members
of his congregation were shot to death.
many years, the country was known for the peaceful coexistence of Christians
and Muslims, who have been practicing a tolerant form of Islam. In recent
years, however, jihadist extremism, exported by neighboring Mali and encouraged
by radicalized local preachers, has changed the situation dramatically.
is against this backdrop of terror and hatred that Sister Anne-Marie Kabore of
the Congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception practices her
music ministry. For her, song is a powerful tool to bring about peace and
pharmacist by training, Sister Anne-Marie, based in the capital of Ouagadougou,
regularly travels throughout the country to bring a musical message of hope,
particularly to young people. She is accompanied by six nuns who are back-up
singers and a number of musicians, including both Christians and Muslims.
Anne-Marie—who is pursuing a specialization in bio-pharmacology at the
University of Ouagadougou—has three albums to her name. Her albums are
available on YouTube and have had hundreds of thousands of views.
recent composition—Ra le yab ye—carries a message of encouragement for women
who have become outcasts in society, for example because they are childless or
because they have been accused of witchcraft. See the video below.
Anne-Marie—whose order teaches in schools and is active in healthcare—is outspoken
in addressing the terrorist attacks and the people’s feeling of insecurity,
particularly in the country’s north.
Church is called to accompany the people,” she says, and “to work for the
reconciliation of the sons of the country,” even in the face of growing danger.
In a forthcoming song, says the Sister, “I cry out to God, that he may grant us
peace, stability and reconciliation of hearts.”
adds that the new song stresses “the need to remain united,” while the lyrics
also emphasize the “necessity of training priests and nuns, so that they can be
the leaders of a population capable of creating a climate of peace—and so
ensure that Burkina Faso can reconnect with its history of peace and
Women advocates hail two decades of 'outstanding' King's support for women
- Jordan Times) AMMAN — Leaders of the Jordanian women's movement commended the
leadership and wisdom of His Majesty King Abdullah since the Accession to the
Throne 20 years ago, citing his efforts towards more rights and key legal
amendments that led to female empowerment and engagement in various
fields.'There has been a huge leap in several areas related to women's
empowerment in Jordan in the past 20 years including major changes in some of
thelegislation and successful efforts to create the right atmosphere for women
to assume more roles in the political life and decision-making positions,' said
Sisterhood is Global Institute Executive Director AsmaKhader.Khader, a former
minister, told The Jordan Times that some of the long-awaited laws that were
amended in favour of women were related to gender-based violence, the Election
Law, the Labour Law and the Personal Status Law among others.
of Jordanian National Commission for Women Salma Nims added: 'When we look at
the past 20 years, we find that there were many breakthroughs for women
including in the political life, the civil society and legislative changes.'
saw a drastic increase in women's political participation and a larger role for
the civil society andwomen's organisations in lobbying and drafting
strategies,' Nims told The Jordan Times.
Judge IhsanBarakat, the first woman to be appointed to the Judicial Council and
the Court of Cassation, said the support by King Abdullah has led to the
increasing the number of female judges.
have women judges in almost all the courts and judicial entities, including one
assistant to the general attorney at the Criminal Court and a judge serving at
the Judicial Council,' Barakat told The Jordan Times.
Women Organisation Programme Director Laila Naffa pointed to the many
international resolutions that were adopted or ratified in the past 20 years
that were in favour of women in peace and conflicts.
Resolution1325related to peace and conflict was ratified by Jordan in 2000 and
King Abdullah signed the national action plan and eventually the Jordanian
government began implementing it,' Naffa told The Jordan Times.
UN resolution addresses women's safety and security in times of war and
conflicts, considering women as an active factor in peace and war, and
committing UN member states to take measures to implement the decision.
important achievement according to Naffa was cancelling the reservation on
Article 15 of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination
against Women, which gives women freedom of mobility and the choice of
residence without the consent of their husbands or other male family members.
executive board member Sahar Aloul told The Jordan Times that the past years
have seen some momentum in policy change concerning women's economic
participation, mainly the recent amendments to the Labour Law.
female economic participation is still one of the lowest in the region at
around 14 per cent, the women's movement and civil society organisations'
efforts have culminated in the amendment of six articles in the Labour Law to
become more gender sensitive and hopefully, as we move towards the
implementation phase, they will further facilitate women's entry into the
workforce,' Aloul said.
laws have been introduced over the past 20 years that tackled gender-based
violence and others that opened the way to establish safe houses for abused
2018 opening of the 'Amneh House' ['safe' in Arabic], which is also called the
'Guest and Rehabilitation House for Women' whose lives are threatened for
reasons related to family honour, was a major achievement that we were pushing
for a long time,' Khader said.
important steps adopted by the government to better protect women, according to
Khader, included opening the first government-run Family Reconciliation Centre,
which was inaugurated by Her Majesty Queen Rania in 2007, and opening similar
facilities in several governorates.
also pointed out the importance of cancelling Article 308 and amending Article
98 of the Jordanian Penal Code.
August 2017, Parliament voted to abolish Article 308of the Jordanian Penal
Code, which allowed sexual assault perpetrators to escape punishment if they
married their victims.
Royal committee had suggested abolishing the article in February of that year
and the government endorsed the decision shortly afterwards.
Article 98, amended in July 2017, stipulated that the perpetrator of an 'honour
crime' could benefit from 'mitigating circumstances' if the individual claimed
to have been suffering from intense rage when committing the crime.
never expected to see changes or abolishment for these two articles in specific
and we consider this is as a major victory for women in Jordan,' Nims added.
a new Family Protection Law, which was first introduced in 2008 and enforced
recently, was considered an important achievement for women according to Khader
because it meant that the government acknowledged that Jordan has a domestic
violence problem and, accordingly, victims needed better protection,
also pointed out the alternative punishment that was stipulated in the newly
amended Penal Code upon recommendations by a special Royal committee that was
formed for this purpose.
the alternative punishment protected women in particular from social stigma and
dangerous ramifications such as being abandoned by their families or divorced
for entering the prison,' Khader stated.
pointed out that the number of female deputies since the introduction of a
women's quota in 2003 has risen from six to 20, including five who won in
has been also a noticeable increase in women's representation in the
municipalities and the percentage has reached around 35,' Nims said.
activist added that women's representation in the political parties also
increased to reach 35 per cent, while in trade unions and professional
associations, the percentage was 21 per cent.
the number of women ministers has also been doubled in the past 20 years.
the 1980s and until the early 2000s we always cheered when a woman was
appointed to the Cabinet. But today we have five female ministers and in one
instance, we had a female deputy-prime minister,' Nims said.
Status Law (PSL)
PSL has undergone several amendments and additions that have been considered in
favour of women in the past 20 years, according to Khader.
major addition was the introduction of the Alimony Fund in 2010 that became
fully operational seven years later, Khader explained.
Alimony Fund enables divorced women to support themselves and their children in
cases where the ex-husband is unable to provide alimony or has fled, which
means they no longer have to go through the hustle of going from court to court
to receive the financial support they need for themselves and their children,'
according to Khader.
important achievement was the introduction of the Khulo Law (a divorce
initiated by women in which they disclaim certain rights in exchange for a
speedy judgment) in 2003.
Khulo Law, which was later renamed the IftidaLaw,gave women the right to
divorce their husbands without any justification in return for financial
the introduction of this law, it was almost impossible for women to get a
divorce from a Sharia court. This law worked to safeguard women's well-being
and freedom of choice,' Khader maintained.
for children of Jordanian women married to non-Jordanians
pointed out that there was 'a small but important step' to grant children of
Jordanian women who are married to non-Jordanians certain privileges.
2014, the government pledged to ensure the proper provision of the 'privileges'
it had granted tochildrenofJordanianwomen, which included residency permits,
driving licences and real-estate ownership, along with other benefits in the
educational, health, labour and investment sectors.
is a small but important step to ease up the pressure on these families and to
help them proceed with their life without having to feel that they are being
discriminated against just because they do not carry the Jordanian
nationality,' Naffa said.
government took concrete steps to combat human trafficking in Jordan in 2009 by
introducing the first nationallawtopreventhumantrafficking.
10 years later, the government approved an amendment to the 2019
Anti-HumanTraffickingLaw, which aims to implement harsher punishments on those
charged with crimes related tohumantraffickingto ensure justice and deter these
bill also provides victims of these crimes with protection and the necessary
assistance to help and care for them as well as establishing a fund at the
Ministry of Justice to provide help and care to those affected byhumantrafficking.
steps were extremely important since the majority of human trafficking victims
are women,' Naffa explained.
to the Labour Law
Labour Law has seen important amendments and additions that facilitate women's
participation in the job market, according to Aloul.
amendments ensure gender justice and will contribute to an increase in the
employment ofwomenand their continued stay in their jobs, which will eventually
reflect on the percentage of female's economic participation in the labour
market,' Aloul said.
economic win forwomenthis year, according to Nims, was the issuance of
instructions that obligated educational institutions in Jordan to transfer the
salary of their female employers directly to the bank, 'since, in the past,
many female educators complained of not being paid on a regular basis, nor were
they receiving their full salaries on some occasions'.
of the major amendments, according to Aloul, are that it has become mandatory
for institutions with over 20 female employees to offer day-care services for
their employees' children younger than four.
amendment, Aloul said, was introducing the flexible working hours system, which
included a better definition of flexi-hours, which benefits women the most.
important article that was introduced in the Labour Law was designating a
three-day paternity leave for fathers, according to Aloul.
Barakat pointed out that there was a rapid increase in women's representation
in the judicial branch, noting that currently, the percentage stands at 24 per
cent, which means that 'one in five judges are women'.
the appointment of the first female judge in 1996 until 2002 the number of
female judges were very low and did not exceed five judges,' Barakat explained.
Barakat added, there are 215 women judges serving in various courts and
judicial entities, including several women being named as presidents of
important courts, such as the magistrates and juvenile courts.
is one female judge in the Judicial Council, women judges also served in the
general prosecutor officer, prosecutors, judicial inspectors and other
important judicial positions,' Barakat added.
important change that worked in favour of women's economic empowerment was
establishing a motherhood fund at the Social Security Corporation (SSC),
according to Nims.
law stipulates that all employers pay a percentage to the fund that would go
towards covering the salaries of working women during maternity leave.
means that companies will not be hesitant to hire newly-wed or pregnant women,'
according to Nims.
major achievement that was amended in the SSC, Nims said, was ensuring that the
children of the deceased women would continue to take her pension and that
their husbands who suffer from disabilities or without an income would also
benefit from the allowance.
concluded that the majority of the changes over the past 20 years were
'ground-breaking and this really reflected a strong and true commitment by the
leadership towards women's rights in Jordan'.
still need to work hard and we are hopeful in the coming years that the King
will continue to eliminate all the obstacles that face women including their
participation in the labour market, which I consider as the biggest challenge,'
added that 'the changes we have witnessed over the past 20 years are positive
indicators that more laws will be addressed in the near future to further
empower women to increase their political and economic participation'.
concluded by saying that the hope is to see more positive changes in the near
future such as 'integrating relevant international laws and conventions in our
own laws and hopefully ensure that women are represented in all spheres of life
with a minimum of 30 per cent'.
Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud speaks at the event on Sunday, June 6, 2019 BSS
present government, he said, has kept 30 percent reserved seats for women in
all local government council
Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Sunday said violence against women and children
must be stopped to build a Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Father of the Nation
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
build a developed nation, we must have to nurture patriotism and human values
among the youths,” he told an outdoor program of Bangladesh Betar on ‘Raising
awareness on development of women and children’ at Patenga sea beach in
minister said Bangladesh has set up a unique example in women empowerment
because of the government’s time befitting steps, reports BSS.
present government, he said, has kept 30 percent reserved seats for women in
all local government council.
said the country’s women are now becoming justices at the High Court and the
Supreme Court, deputy commissioners, major general, secretaries of ministries
and pilot which was very rare earlier.
has been possible because of the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh
Hasina, he said.
is the most successful nation among the South Asian Association of Regional
Cooperation (SAARC) countries in reducing child and maternal motility rate, he
minister said life expectancy of the people was 44 years after the independence
but now it stood at 73 years whereas it is 71 in India and 69 in Pakistan.
City Corporation Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin, Chattogram Development Authority
Chairman JahirulAlamDubash, Awami League Deputy Publicity Secretary Aminul
Islam, Additional Information Secretary Mohammad AjharulHaque, Regional
Director of Bangladesh Betar SM Abul Hossain and Vice Chairman of
RanguniaUpazilaShafiqul Islam, among others, spoke on the occasion.
General of Bangladesh Betar Narayan Chandra Shil presided over the function.