Govt working for women empowerment : Indira

State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatun Nessa Indira on Sunday said the present government under the dynamic and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been working relentlessly for the development and empowerment of women, reports BSS.

 ‘The government has also attained success in the field of establishing equal rights for women side by side with generating employment opportunities for them,’ she told at a function of giving reception to the best joyeeta in Rajshahi division at Shilpakala Academy auditorium in Rajshahi.

Department of Women Affairs and Commissioner’s office of Rajshahi division jointly organised the ‘Joyeeta Onneshone Bangladesh-2019’ programme. On the occasion, five women get the divisional level best Joyeeta Award while five others runner-ups as recognition of attaining their success in different fields after overcoming difficulties and challenges.

The best awardees are– Tania Azad (economic), Rasheda Khaleque (education and employment), Hasne Banu (mother), Adory Banu (repression prevention) and Parveen Akter (social development). They were given certificate, crest, rapper and Taka 10,000 each.

Thirty other district-level best joyeeta were also given certificates, crests and Taka 2,000 each on the occasion.

Chaired by the divisional Commissioner Humayun Kabir Khandaker, the meeting was addressed, among others, by Advocate Adiba Anjum Mita, MP, Secretary to the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs Kazi Rawshan Akter, Director General of the Directorate of Women Affairs Parveen Akter and Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs Farida Parveen.

Deputy Inspector General of Police AKM Hafiz Akter, Additional Commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Sujayet Islam, Deputy Commissioner Hamidul Haque and women leader Shaheen Akter also spoke. Indira said the present government has taken various initiatives to create women-friendly atmosphere in the country so that the women can play an important role in boosting economic development.

She urged the local administrations to adopt need-based steps to free the society from child marriage. The Joyeeta award will encourage women to overcome different odds and hurdles in the society, the State Minister said.