Sharing Meeting with Journalist on CEDAW

By on September 17, 2015
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Media and Mass Communication sub-committee of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad organized a sharing meeting with journalist on CEDAW at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad on 15 September 2015. Ayesha Khanam, president of BMP presided over the meeting. Shima Moslem (Joint General Secretary of Central Committee) delivered her welcome speech while Dil Monowara Monu (Secretary of Media and Mass communication sub-committee) also gave speech. In her speech she explained the purpose of the meeting. She argued that religion will not be a factor in ratifying the article of CEDAW.  The main objective of the meeting was to share about CEDAW with journalist.

Ayesha Khanam, gave a clear picture on CEDAW, a bill of rights for women and the reason for adopting.  Explaining Article 2 of CEDAW, which requires states to condemn all forms of discrimination against women, and enact and implement policies for eliminating such discriminations, she said there is no reason why Bangladesh should not withdraw its reservation on the article. She also said “at the periodic review report in 2011, the government said it was strongly considering withdrawing the reservation, But in the report this year, they said the society is not yet ready for such change!” She mentioned that the Government of Bangladesh has still retained its reservations on Article 2 and Article 16 (1c). The Constitution of Bangladesh guarantees equal rights for women and men. However, having a reservation on Article 2 contradicts with Articles 10, 19, 27, 28 and 29 of the Constitution of Bangladesh.   She also said lack of political will is the main reason for not withdrawing the reservations about the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). At last she said Broadcast information related to the activities on preventing all kinds of violence against women in mass media.

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Shima Moslem, Joint General Secretary of Central Committee of BMP stated that mass media have strong power to motivate mass people. She opined that the media can play significant role to disseminate the massage of CEDAW .

Along with 28 sub-editors, 27 reporters, members of BMP executive Committee Vice President Nahar Ahmed and Lakshmi Chakrabarti, General Secretary Maleka Banu, Organization Secretary Umme Salma Begum, Training, Research and Library Secretary Rina Ahmed, Rokeya Sadan Secretary Nasrin Monsur also attended the meeting. Mamun Staff trporter of Desh tv, Banani Mallick from Observer, Rabebya Baby from Daily Ittefaque, Anwar Rozen from Daily Janakantha, Nasima Akter Shoma first female President of Sub-Editor council and Enamul Haque from Finiacial express took part in open discussion. The sharing meeting was conducted by Shima Moslem (Joint General Secretary of Central Committee) by BMP.

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