The Pathways program observed International Women’s Day at national, division and field levels. To observe the day, a number of events including a parade, art competition, discussion session, and conference were organized by CARE with some events organized jointly with local administration and Oxfam Bangladesh. At the divisional level, CARE took part in poster printing, the parade, and the discussion session held in Rangpur. Around 1850 participants from Kurigram, Rangpur and Satkhira attended the program.
This year’s theme was: “Be Bold for Change”. The objectives of the program were as follows:
- Increase awareness about women in the changing world of work
- Educate about Pathways; its goal, objectives and activities, and involve stakeholders in women’s empowerment
National Level Conference
CARE organized a conference on Women’s Economic Empowerment: Investing in Emerging priorities in Bangladesh that brought development actors, private sector professionals, policy makers and relevant stakeholders to share best practices and learn from each other. The conference aims to develop a set of recommendation for policy adaptation and practices in strengthening women’s economic empowerment to ensure equal rights and dignified opportunities for women in moving ahead towards achieving inclusive growth. The conference also awarded women leaders from CARE’s impact group where two of the women leaders from Pathways were selected for their initiative on economicempowerment for their own family and for the collectives they lead. The have been awarded and given certificates for through the Honorable Minister, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Government of the people’s republic of Bangladesh who presented in the conference as the Chief guest.
Parade for Greater Awareness
The parade was organized in Pathways’ working area. It was led by the heads of educational institutes, NGOs and GoB officials. Around 850 participants including students from high schools & colleges, teachers from schools & colleges, staff from NGOs, representation of GoB and local elites were joined at the program.
The discussion session took place in Kurigram with a speech from CARE representatives. They discussed the Pathways program and the objectives and rational of observing International Women’s Day.
Pathways Community level UP Chairman Kurigram’s message for International Women’s Day
“Permitting women and girls is the only way to protect their human rights and make definite they can realize their full potential. Women’s rights are human rights. But in these times, as the present condition becomes more changeable and confused, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and wrong way up”. “International Women’s Day should be marked by a pledge for parity – to ramp up the ambition of our vision and accelerate the urgency of our actions on gender equality and women’s empowerment.”
“To break through barriers, we must go beyond boundaries, generate new ideas and take bold steps. This means placing all women and girls at the center of the 2030 Agenda, but requires a specific focus on those who are most frequently excluded, including women and girls with disabilities, those living in rural poverty and those who are members of ethnic minorities,” added Mst. Sahanaj Parvin, Women Welfare Officer, Kurigram.
The passage of the Protection of Women against Violence introduction in the community, which is arguably among the strongest pieces of legislation to prevent violence against women in is an important step ahead of International Women’s Day and demonstrates the political will of the Government of the Bangladesh in addressing the issue of violence against women and girls.