100 seats to be reserved for women in parliament: Hasina

March 9th, 2009 - 2:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, March 9 (IANS) The number of seats reserved for women in Bangladesh parliament would be raised to 100 from 45 at present, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said here.
She said the government will repeal all the laws that discriminate against women, the Daily Star reported Monday.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the International Women’s Day at Osmani Memorial Hall here, she said: “We will reintroduce the National Women Development Policy adopted during the last Awami League government’s tenure. We gave nomination to maximum number of women for contesting the December 29 polls.”

“A maximum number of women have also been inducted in the cabinet. We believe in political empowerment of women to ensure their social dignity and contribution to economical activities.

“It is not possible to establish women’s rights and stop violence against women only by enacting laws and observing women’s day. Rather there should be proper coordination at government and non-government levels,” Hasina said.

She spoke of women’s role during the Liberation War in 1971. “Some 200,000 women were oppressed by the Pakistani army and their collaborators.”

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