CHAIRMAN OF THE CONFERENCE, CANADIAN MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LA FRANCOPHONIE MARIE-CLAUDE BIBEAU INTRODUCED PRIME MINISTER AS “PILLAR OF SOUTH ASIA IN WOMEN RIGHTS AND EMPOWERMENT.”
Apart from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Senegalese President Macky Sall, Togo President Faure Gnassingbe, Secretary-General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie Michaëlle Jean and Mark R Dybul the Global Fund executive director spoke at the opening session of the 5th Global Fund Replenishment Conference.
Prime Minister when speaking at the conference talked about how her government is working hard and also achieving success in empowering and engaging girls and women, particularly in the health sector, the Bangladesh prime minister mentioned three key areas, education, safety, and health.
Bangladesh government has placed great importance on women’s education, which the Prime Minister termed as the most excellent “powerful weapon” to women empowering.
Free education for girls up to grade 12 and introduced various types of pensions for girls. It makes the significant improvement in school retention of girls and also reduced under-age marriage, maternal and child mortality.
On safety issues, Bangladesh has been maintaining “zero tolerance” against all sorts of violence and discrimination against women. As violence; has severe impacts the on the physical and mental health of women.
Bangladesh has set up over more than 16,000 community clinics and union health centers to deliver quality health services to serve poor and marginalized sections of the people. Furthermore, 30 types of medicine are being provided free of cost from these centers.
The vast majority of those employed at such community clinics and health centers are women.
(Additional reporting by UNB)