Thursday, May 29, 2008

'Indigenous women should be vocal for rights'

Speakers at a discussion in Rajshahi yesterday said indigenous women should raise their voice to ensure their rights.

The government had to step back from implementing the National Women Development Policy following movement against it, they said at a discussion on 'CEDAW and rights of indigenous and minority women' at the auditorium of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Jatiya Adibasi Parishad (JAP), Institute for Environment and Development (IID) and Bangladesh Nari Pragati Sangha (BNPS) jointly organised the programme.

Constitutional status of the indigenous people is yet to be acknowledged and the condition aboriginal women is not satisfactory, said Workers' Party politburo member Fazle Hossain Badsha in his speech as the chief guest at the discussion.

He suggested that the aboriginal women get organised to join the mainstream movement for ensuring women's rights.

The government should take steps for implementing the CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discriminations against Women) as it involves proper initiative from the legal, judicial and administrative level, speakers said at the meeting.

They demanded formation of a commission on the status of women to help the government implement the CEDAW.

JAP President Anil Marandi presided over the discussion where Bangladesh Communist Party Rajshahi unit President Abdul Kalam Azad, Rajshahi Mohila Parishad President Kolpona Roy, Kakonhat municipality Ward Commissioner Morjina Begum, BNPS coordinator Shahnaz Sumi, IID Executive Director Numan Ahmed Khan, journalist Mustafizur Rahman Khan, NGO activists SK Lalon, Afzal Hossain addressed, among others.

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