Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Choudhury has stressed on ensuring the safety of women in the family first.
She said: "In order to ensure proper security of women in the society, it is necessary to protect their basic rights in the family first.”
“After confirming their safety and rights in the family, the other issues like transportation safety, workplace security can be dealt gradually. Only then a woman can establish her equal rights in the society,” she added.
“It is essential to strengthen efforts in boosting women’s economic empowerment in the national-level development and if these things are ensured in a good modus, women can be vocal against any kind of violence and torture against them in the society,” she continued.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Choudhury made the observation while speaking at a programme organised by Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) held at a hotel in the capital on January 24.
The programme titled “National Consultation Meeting on Women, Peace and Security” was organised in association with the “UN Women”.
Pointing to the ruling Awami League-led government’s different activities on women empowerment, Dr Shirin Sharmin Choudhury also said: “The government is working relentlessly to empower women as well as to establish their rights in the society. ”
She went on: “Different plans and activities concerning empowering women are being adopted and implemented in the country when the members of parliament have played a significant role in this regard. ”
“In preventing torture and violence against women in their own electoral areas, every member of parliament is going on with various social works with the local representatives,” Speaker assured.
The programme was organised to highlight the importance of women's role in peacekeeping, preventing violence against them, the measures for rehabilitation of women and children affected by violence, measures against sexual assaults and gender-based violence and to increase women's participation in the process of establishment of peace and harmony.
BNPS Project Director Allison Subrata Barai has presented a compiled report made from the recommendations of the district and divisional workshops to make a peaceful Bangladesh.