This week’s Call-In Show focused on women empowerment and overall advancement of women in the past and the present.
Even though there are many leading women politicians in South Asia, the women still suffer from gender bias all over the subcontinent. When the callers asked questions about this, the panelists answered by saying that the past is reflecting on the present. The decisions that were made in the past explains why women today lack the freedom that men have already enjoyed. But things are changing.
The Panelists discussed the Shariah law and how it cannot be applied in Bangladesh in a legal way. In many households, they practice religious traditions, but Bangladesh is not like Pakistan, they said. The majority of Bangladeshi women follow religion, and yet they are fighting for women’s advancement in the society. They believe that women alone cannot accomplish this. Both men and women must be aware of the ill effects of gender bias, and only then can we move towards gender equality.
The Panelists were Professor Bharati Roy, first woman Vice-Chancellor of Kolkata University, member of the Upper House of the Indian Parliament, and President of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, and Advocate Sultana Kamal, prominent human rights lawyer, former advisor of the caretaker government in Bangladesh, executive director of Ain-O-Salish Kendra, executive director of ASK, and executive director of Jute Diversification Promotion Centre.