Women empowerment on rise, but barriers remain: Speakers | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, October 02, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 02, 2016

Women empowerment on rise, but barriers remain: Speakers

The rate of women's education and employment is increasing gradually in the country, informed a seminar yesterday at Chittagong city.

Asian University for Women (AUW) organsied the research seminar “Family Empowerment Study: Supporting Families in the Face of Changing Opportunities for Women” on its campus.

AUW conducted a three-year research on the subject from 2013 to 2016 in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan and its findings were showcased at the seminar by AUW teachers Varuni Ganepola, Faheem Hossain and Md Sahidullah Kaisar.

There has come a positive change in almost every family in Bangladesh regarding the education of girls, speakers informed.

According to their findings, religion is also not putting any pressure on women regarding doing jobs. But, for reasons like -- inability of “bribing” or “lobbying” -- women are lagging behind in getting employments, they added.

Participation of women has increased in taking family decisions because of economic empowerment, they said, adding, but security for girls and women is still a concern. 

Speakers also said women's education and employment rates are also increasing gradually in the other countries.

Yet issues like child marriage, movement restrictions, gender discrimination and conservative mindset still remain as obstructions in ensuring full-fledged empowerment of women, they added.

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