National Professor Dr Anisuzzaman yesterday called on to wage a resistance against those who oppose women's education.
“In Bangladesh, the most remarkable phenomenon probably is the progress of women. When this is the case, we've a war pending against those who still think the place of women is home,” he said.
The noted educationist and national professor was speaking at the “Nari Sommanona 2019” programme organised by Begum Badrunnesa Ahmed Trust at the capital's International Mother Language Institute to mark International Women's Day.
Dr Anisuzzaman said from pilot to garment worker, women have earned their rightful place in all spheres. But despite remarkable progress, there is still much to be done.
“There are still people who are against women's education. They suggest not to educate girls beyond class 3-4, saying further education will make women disobedient to their husbands,” he said.
Begum Badrunnesa Ahmed Trust felicitated Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Deputy Leader of the Parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Education Minister Dipu Moni, former home minister and incumbent lawmaker Advocate Sahara Khatun, and first female Major General Susane Giti.
Congratulating them, Anisuzzaman said their examples will inspire other women.
Dipu Moni said, “Fundamentalism, terrorism and corruption are major barriers for women.”
“Women need to be politically empowered to move forward,” she said, asking women to reject the political force that indulges in fundamentalism, militancy and corruption.
Dr Shirin Sharmin hoped women will forge their path with courage and attain success.
Lawmakers Sajeda Chowdhury, Sahara Khatun and Major General Susane Giti expressed their gratitude to the trust for the honour. Sajeda became environment minister in 1996. She was Awami League's acting general secretary after the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975.
Lawmaker Sahara played a vital role in the legal battle to free AL chief Sheikh Hasina during the caretaker government regime in 2007.
Three-time Speaker of Jatiya Sangsad Shirin has contributed to ensuring human rights.
In her illustrious career, Dipu Moni played a significant role in ensuring women's participation in politics.
Joining Bangladesh Army as a physician with the rank of Captain in 1986, Major General Susane has made contributions to the country's medical sector. One of her achievements is setting up a bone marrow transplant facility at Combined Military Hospital.
Prof Nasrin Ahmed, pro-vice chancellor of Dhaka University, presided over the programme.