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Ensuring human rights of women stressed
RAJSHAHI, March 21 (BSS) - Speakers at a discussion called for ensuring human rights of women after reducing all sorts of repressions against them for restoring a gender balanced society.

To that end, they noted that the human rights issue of women should be incorporated in the budget of local government institutions.

In addition, they emphasized the need for immediate implementation of the National Women Development Policy.

Barendra Unnayan Forum (BUF) and Steps Towards Development jointly organized the discussion at Fudkipara Open Stage to raise the demands on Tuesday evening.

BUF Secretary Foyzullah Chowdhury narrated various positive aspects of gender balanced society in his welcome speech while Gender Change Activist Hasna Ara Sumi presented a concept paper on the issue.

With District Convener of Gender Change Activists Kolpona Roy in the chair, local unit chairman of Jatiya Mohila Sangstha Advocate Morjina Parveen, Ward Councilors of Rajshahi City Corporation Bilksih Banu and Anwara Begum, BLAST Coordinator Advocate Abdus Samad, Director of Niskrity Foundation SKL Muhammad Lalon and Sufiya Kamal Fellow Shahin Akter spoke on the occasion.

The speakers called for building social resistance to stop violence against women for taking the nation towards its cherished goal.

In this regard, they stated that collective effort together with a changed mindset towards women could be the effective means of attaining the nations desired goal.

The speakers mentioned that ensuring equal rights to education, training, science and technology is the precondition for women empowerment.

Apart from this, they mentioned that overall national
development could not be possible until women are educated and
all other fundamental rights that they deserve are ensured.

The discussion was followed by a cultural function attended
by around 500 women from various segments of the society.
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