Sharing Meeting on View Exchange with Female Vice-Chairpersons and Municipality Mayors on Strengthening Local Government through Empowering Women

By on August 28, 2017

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad organized a sharing meeting on view exchange with female vice-chairpersons and municipality mayors on strengthening local government through empowering women on 23 July 2017 at The Institution of Engineers. Ajay Das Deputy Editor of the Daily Samakal as Special guest and Uma Chowdhury, Mayor , Natore District were present as a 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.  Around 60 female vice-chairpersons and municipality mayor’s from 21 different district took part in the meeting.

President of the organization, Ayesha Khanam, said that the local government is strengthened when the women come to grassroots, the foundation of democracy is strengthened by the local government. He also urged all to fight against patriarchal culture in their respective politics. She said that no one will be behind the implementation of the SDG, she hoped that the female vice-chairman will also come forward to implement this government’s commitment.
Ajay Dasgupta, deputy editor of the Bangla daily Samakal, said Many people who are people’s representatives have to pay a lot of labor. He said women should be nominated by all the parties. There are 33% women quota in politics in our country but there is no implementation.

Speaking as a special guest, Uma Chowdhury, mayor of Natore Sadar municipality, said women are less involved in corruption than men. Female public representatives have to prove their capability through work and dedication, she said, adding that female ward councilors elected at reserved seats in her municipality receive due facilities.

Farida Parvin, vice-chairperson of Bhurungamari upazila parishad in Kurigram, said she heads a number of committees and forums working to ensure women’s rights, but since she is a woman, her decisions were not “evaluated accordingly” while policies were made.“I want to compete with my other colleagues to provide the best services,” she added.

Tuhin Aktar, vice chairperson of Netrakona Sadar upazila parishad, explained how her daily activities were being hampered due to the absence of a permanent mode of transport. she said”I need to move here and there to deal with issues like stopping child marriage and attending village arbitrations in remote areas”

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