Divisional Consultation Meeting on Civil Society-Led Alternative CEDAW Reporting At Barishal

Committee’s Comments and Preparation of the CEDAW Report on the 24th September 2022 at 10.00 am, a review meeting of the implementation of the CEDAW Committee’s comments (2016) and consultation on the preparation of the CEDAW report by civil society was held at BDS Bhaban by the initiative of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) Central Committee organized by Barisal District Branch. Nurjahan Begum, Vice President of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) Barisal District Branch presided over the meeting. The welcome speech was given by Pushpo Chokroborti, General Secretary of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) Barisal District Branch.

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Pushpo Chokroborti said that the main point of the CEDAW Charter is to recognize the fundamental role that women have been playing for ages in the development and development of human society, to establish equality between men and women in all areas necessary for the peace and development of society, the state, and the entire world, as human beings. She also said that The CEDAW Certificate is based on three basic principles that contain these key words-

(1) Principle of equality,
(2) Principle of non-discrimination,
(3) Principle of partner state responsibility.

Moreover, Dilara Khanam, Deputy Director of Directorate of Women Affairs said that Bangladesh will submit the 1st Interim Report to the CEDAW Committee in 2023 which will highlight the progress of the implementation of the Concluding Remarks of the CEDAW Committee on the CEDAW 8th Interim Report, recommendations and actions to be taken.

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Dr. Rahima Nasrin, Asst. Professor of Barisal University said that Advocates have not come forward in family law under the 2010 Act. She also pointed out the discrimination among women on account of religious discipline. The program was conducted by Sheuli Shaha, the secretary in charge of the movement. A total of 61 people were present at the meeting. At the end of the program, they talked about some responsibilities, recommendations, and challenges regarding the issue.

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