BANGLADESH: PATRIARCHY EVOLVES INTO EQUALITY
The 137th IPU Assembly in St. Petersburg held the Forum of Women Parliamentarians. More than 150 countries participated in the event. EWC journalists spoke to Waseqa Ayesha Khan, a member of Bangladeshi delegation. She told us about the role of women in her country.
In her opinion, Bangladeshi women are strong, self-confident and enterprising. They are also caring and concerned about problems of other people.
Women in Bangladesh are actively participating in all spheres of life. For example, they are common in politics. Bangladeshi prime minister and opposition leader are both women. 72 out of 350 Bangladeshi parliamentarians are women. Being said that, women in Bangladesh tend to participate in politics more and more actively.
Moreover, women contribute greatly to Bangladeshi economy. Waseqa Ayesha Khan highlighted, that country’s sustainable GDP growth is mostly due to women’s participation. However, Bangladesh, as an Asian country, is a patriarchal society. Nevertheless, the government empowers women greatly. Thus, there is a gender budgeting system in Bangladesh. Senior high school education in Bangladesh is free for girls. Various funds help women entrepreneurs financially. Bangladeshi government is striving to eliminate employment gender inequality, domestic violence and solve issues on child marriages. Various laws regulate gender equality in Bangladesh.
Our interlocutress said that being a mother, she needs to know that her daughter is safe all the time. She wants her daughter to fulfil her potential fully. All of that is only possible within gender equality.
Nikolay Boykov, Agata Korovina, Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Boykov