Govt to empower women utilizing ICT: Indira

State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatun Nessa Indira on Wednesday said the government has been implementing different initiatives to empower women and ensure their rights with the utilization of information and communication technology, reports BSS.

“The rate of women education has increased. The government has been creating newer employment opportunities for women,” she told a roundtable arranged by Daily Observer at Jatiya Press Club (JPC) Tofazzal Hossain Manik Miah auditorium in the capital.

Chaired by Daily Observer Editor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, the function was addressed by Selima Ahmed, MP, JPC General Secretary Farida Yasmin, North South University (NSU) Director Farzana Nahid, Bangladesh Mahila Samity Vice-President Dr Marufi Khan, Women Entrepreneurs’ Association (WEA) President Nilufar Ahmed Karim and Bangladesh Nari Sangbadik Kendra President Nasimun Ara Haque.

The state minister said the government has set up Kishor-Kishore Clubs in 64 districts eyeing elimination of child marriage throughout the country. She said the rate of child marriage has decreased because of the government’s different time-befitting steps with the cooperation of social organizations and NGOs.

Speaking on the occasion, Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is the pioneer of establishing women rights in the country. Under the dynamic leadership of the premier, the women are now making their marks in all sectors, including politics, judiciary, administration, army and navy.

Selima Ahmed underscored the need for combined efforts of the government bodies and non-government organizations to ensure women empowerment. Farida Yasmin said men should come forward to augment women empowerment and ensure women rights to enable them to contribute to the national economy.