Sharing Meeting on a Safe and Women Friendly Dhaka City

By on July 31, 2017

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad organized a sharing meeting on “a safe and women-friendly Dhaka city” on 13th july 2017 at Cirdap auditorium. The Daily Star Editor, Publisher Mahfuz Anam was present as Special guest in the meeting. Ayesha Khanam, President, BMP chaired the meeting. General Secretary Maleka Banu gave opening speech and Vice President of BMP, Rekha Chowdhury presented a key note paper and placed recommendation in the meeting. 19 Women ward councilors from reserved positions under Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) from different ward took part in the meeting.

President Ayesha Khanam said earlier they held similar programmes with Dhaka North City Corporation. “We will compile the demands and suggestions from the discussions and place those before the government high-ups for execution.”Despite being elected public representatives; they are not getting enough support from the city corporation.

Speaking as special guest, The Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam said “Women have leadership roles in building the society,” he said. “Turning the city into a women-friendly place is not an overnight job as problems are multifaceted.”He said police stations needed to recruit sufficient women officials and employees and that they had to be trained properly to listen to women and understand their problems while if required laws related to women rights could be amended.

Women ward councilors from reserved positions under Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) said they could contribute more to make the city women-friendly and help its overall development if they got adequate support from their male colleagues.

Reading out a keynote paper, Mahila Parishad Vice President Rekha Chowdhury urged the government to increase the number of women’s hostels, designated transports, seats in public transports, and hygienic and safe public toilets.





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