Dhaka, Mar 8: Apparently female officials have the lower tendency to commit corruption than their male colleagues, Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has said on Tuesday.
“Country’s women are now working in higher positions in all sectors like the administration, judiciary, education as well as the armed forces and in law enforcement agencies. The female officials do their duty properly and they are involved in less corruption than their male colleagues. There is no doubt in this regard,” she said while addressing a function marking the International Women’s Day at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city.
“Now there is no scope of neglecting women,” she told her audience, adding that a woman can do everything.
Mentioning the responsibility of a woman keeping a family happy, she said, “A woman has to perform a lot of responsibility to make a family happy and I hope my sisters will perform their duty.”
According Prime Minister, “Women cannot be left behind in the name of religion, as equal contribution from both men and women is needed for the development of Bangladesh.”
Mentioning that Islam as a religion has given the highest priority to the womenfolk, she described various contributions of Hazrat Ayesha, Bibi Khadiza, Hazrat Sumaiya and others to society.
She added: “It is Islam which has ensured the rights for women to the property of their parents and husbands, which no other religion has done.”
The prime minister requested the womenfolk to build their own fate shunning their dependence on others. “You’ll get the dignity when you’ll be able to build your own fate and move ahead with self-confidence.”
Mentioning that the Head of the Government, Speaker of the Parliament, Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Deputy Leader of the Parliament all are women, she said, “There is no such a example of the world.”
She also mentioned the two golden daughters of the country who recently won gold medals for Bangladesh in weight lifting and swimming in an international competition in India.
UN Women country representative Christine Hunter spoke as a special guest of the programme organised by the Women and Children Affairs Ministry with its state minister Meher Afroze in the chair.