Speakers at a discussion in the capital on Wednesday stressed the need for effective resistance against repression on women and establishing their rights equal to the male counterparts to achieve Vision 2021 and Vision 2041.
"We should give proper value to every woman, which they deserve, for both their paid and unpaid works," they said, adding, "We need to change our attitude towards them."
These views were expressed at the discussion marking the "World Women Day-2017" organized by the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs at Bangabandhu International Conference Center.
State Minister of the ministry Meher Afroz Chumki addressed the discussion as the chief guest with Secretary of the ministry Nasima Begum in the chair.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Women and Children Affairs Ministry Rebeka Momin was the special guest while Chris Hunter, UN Women Country Representative of Bangladesh, was the guest of honor. A documentary on women development in Bangladesh was screened at the function.
Five successful women were given National awards for their outstanding contribution in different sectors.
The awardees are Sharli Meshoipru for economic development from Chittagong division, Hosne Ara Begum for education and job from Rangpur, Firoza Begum as a successful mother from Rajshahi, Morzina Begum as a successful woman and Arifa Yasmeen Moyuree for social development from Dhaka.
Meher Afroz Chumki said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman gave the equal rights to the woman in the 1972 Constitution.
Chumki said Bangladesh has, by now, achieved a significant progress in the field of women empowerment as the country's half of the population is advancing equally side by side their male counterparts.
"We have to change the patriarchal mindset towards women at all spheres of our society. The women should be given equal opportunity to help them enjoy a dignified life," she said.