Leaders of Citizen Initiatives on CEDAW- Bangladesh (CIC-BD) on Wednesday urged the government to take necessary measures immediately for approval and implementation of the CEDAW convention in the country.
They made the call at a discussion meeting organized by the CIC-BD, a platform comprised with 53 non-government women and human rights organizations, to present its observations and recommendations on the 8th provisional report of the government on CEDAW convention.
JASOD Standing Committee Member Shirin Akhter, MP, Human Rights Commission Chairman Dr Mizanur Rahman, foreign ministry director general Mustafizur Rahman, additional secretary of ministry of women and children affairs A K M Nasir Uddin, former chairperson of UN CEDAW Committee Salma Khan, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) founder member Dr Hamida Hossain, CAMPE executive director Rasheda K Chowdhury, Manusher Janna Foundation executive director Shaheen Anam and BRAC director Sheepa Hafiza, among others, spoke on the occasion with Bangladesh Mahila Parishad president Ayesha Khanam in the chair.
Demand for lifting reservation on the article-2 of CEDAW convention, Dr Mizanur Rahman said the reservation is completely illegal which has no legal base.
"We should not take any move which would feel that we are ignoring the international law," he opined.
Shirin Akhter urged the political parties, government and non-government organization to work in combine for the empowerment of women.
Rasheda K Chowdhury called upon the government to increase investment on education for ensuring the women participation in education, according to BSS.