Speakers from several countries on 8 October at the closing session of the 14th Biennial District Conference of Zonta District 25 expressed their view of a better world where women will have access to all domains and will have the right to make decisions equally with men, reports UNB.
It was a three days conference of Zonta district 25 which started on 6 October at a hotel in the city with the theme ‘Dare to Dream’. Zonta is an international organisation which comprises representatives from countries like Nepal and Sri Lanka. They venture to empower the women force of a nation.
“To ensure gender equality, we must bring the women force– who makes up half of the total population of the entire world – into the mainstream of development,” said State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki.
She added that women of this country have started to become the earning member of their family and thus, they are coming out of their shell as independent women.
The State Minister also insisted the episode of violence against women must come to an end and she admired Zonta for working on this purpose through co-operation and advocacy.
Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Dr Gowher Rizvi has insisted on ensuring half of the positions for women including the business sector.
“It is time we demanded 50% of seats for the women in the National Parliament, not reserved, but allocated so that we can ensure that women participate in the election and also get elected,” said Rizvi.
He also said that the women have been struggling in their whole life for equal rights. However, the society is still occupied with the burden of inequality between men and women.
Zonta District 25 Governor Fahmida Karim said the primary goal of Zonta is to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women.
“In the three-day conference, we had many programmes including the workshop on how to stop harmful practice to women at public places, workplace and home,” said the governor adding the recommendations of the workshop will help them to further actions against these crimes.
Nijera Kori Coordinator Khushi Kabir and Zonta District Foundation Ambassador Dilruba Ahmed were honoured with the lifetime achievement award at the closing ceremony for their outstanding contributions to developing the women and the impoverished people.
Zonta member Nilufar Zafarullah MP, ZI Membership Committee Chair Winnie Teoh, Sri Lanka District 25 Governor Shahnaz Nathani, Zonta International Representative & Board Liaison and Director Hsin-Hsin Yang and Zonta member Gallery Cosmos Managing Director Tehmina Enayet were, among others, present.