The Policy Times Dhaka Bureau (July 01):
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given a statement for the ‘Technology and Innovation for Gender Equality’ Action Coalition at Gender Equality Forum in Paris. The full text of the statement is as follows :
“Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim Excellencies, I thank the organizers for convening this important forum.
In Beijing in 1995, the world community made bold commitments for women empowerment. Many of those promises, unfortunately, remain unfulfilled. Globally, women’s participation in politics, the economy and the labour force are not encouraging. Today, only 25% of parliamentarians are women, while women participation in the labour force is still 31% less than men. We must reverse this situation through bold policy measures and concerted actions.
Women’s empowerment has been a priority of my government. Our Digital Bangladesh Vision has meaningfully integrated women in the IT sector. We have launched various practical projects aims at creating women IT professionals and efficient entrepreneurs. We are also using many digital apps in addressing violence against women. In the last three years, over 71,000 girls received cyber awareness training leading to their enhanced safety on cyber platforms.
In continuation to my earlier pledge at the 25th-anniversary event of the Beijing Conference, today I would like to make the following pledge.
Increase women’s participation in the ICT sector, including tech start-ups and the e-commerce sector to 25% by 2026 and 50% by 2041.
I wish the forum all the success.
I thank you all.”