Today’s Call-in-Show focused on the achievements and failures of the 100 years of International Women’s Day.
On the 8th of March, International Women’s Day, recognized by the United Nations, was celebrated all over the world. Now the question arises, after all these years, what have we achieved regarding women’s rights and where have we failed.
Our panelists spoke about the Beijing Plus Five and the work that needs to be implemented to move towards gender equality. They said we need proper sources to increase awareness about human rights violations against women. In order to lessen gender bias in our societies, in Bangladesh and the Western World, we need to revise our notion of masculinity. Also, the panelists believe, we should not use religion to make political decisions.
The panelists are Barrister Sarah Hossain and Ms. Salma Khan.
Barrister Sarah Hossain is a human rights activist working with Bangladesh Legal Aid and Service Trust.
Ms. Salma Khan is the President of Women for Women, a research study group. She is also the chairperson and project coordinator of the NGO Coalition of Beijing Plus Five.