Speakers Emphasized Women’s Rights to include in the Post Development Framework
United Nations must emphasize women rights in the Post 2015 development framework, urged Meher Afroz Chumki, State Minister, Women and Child Affairs of Bangladesh. She also demanded that government should include gender equality and women rights as priority area in new framework. United Nations is preparing a new development framework with its member states as the Millenium Development Goal (MDGs) will get end in 2015.
The State Minister attended the roundtable titled `Post Development Framework: Women’s Rights and Participation’ on 17th May at Channel I premises in Dhaka, organized by a rights based development research organization VOICE and Shaptahik while it was moderated by Golam Mortuza, editor of Shaptahik .
Speakers stated that the United Nations has been reviewing the impact of the Millennium Development Goals and preparing post 2015 development framework while women’s rights need to get more focus. It is time for the government of Bangladesh, to strive for new goals. These goals should guarantee not just a decent living wage, but also equality between women and men, a voice in the political and economic decision making, and a right to live dignified lives.
Shirin Akhter, MP urged to ensure decent work environment and living wages for the women labour. She questioned the present mode of corporate based development which is unfavorable for realization of women rights. This model has particularly worsen life and livelihood of rural, indigenous and migrant women.
Khushi Kabir, Coordinator of Nijera Kori stressed that to make post 2015 development agenda equitable through people’s participation considering the vulnerability and ground realities of the people living with poverty. She urged the UN and government to undertake special measures to ensure and eliminate violence against women and putting rights based development approach in shaping post 2015 development framework.
Ahmed Swapan Mahmud demanded that donor agencies must comply with their commitment to provide 0.7 per cent of their gross national product (GNP) and they should align and harmonize their activities to avoid competitions and to be refraining from service overlapping. There should also be more transparency and accountability in delivering services to the communities for whom development is meant. He also urged to remove the root causes for poverty and injustice specially on women.
Indigenous Women including underprivileged and marginalized community should get special treatment in the post 2015 development framework said Parboti Roy, women leader from Indigenous Community.
Sangita Ahmed, President, Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry opined, private sectors are very favorable to the women empowerment particularly to the rural women which promotes women entrepreneurship and economic development.
Dilruba Haider, Coordinator of UN Women said that women should have right to choose in every sector of their life. She stated that the issue of women rights is more important than women development which must be considered in the post 2015 development framework.
Farjana Akter, programme coordinator of VOICE presented a paper in the occasion. She raised 8 demands, i.e. laws and policies should be formulated that guarantee equal rights for women to land and resources; existence of safeguards, developed with women in the community, to prevent land grabbing and forced evictions; existence of comprehensive, fully funded, national plans of action to eliminate VAW in all forms; targets to ensure multi-stakeholder development partnerships are created at national and local level that include at least 50% of women and 20% of spaces for women´s movements should be included; policy indicators to ensure gender safeguards and guarantees of free, prior and informed consent are included in decision making over development.
Among others Chandrima Tripura, Indigenous women, Hiren Pandit, director of VOICE and jouranlsits from print and electronic media present at the roundtable.
The roundtable emphasized people’s driven development and people’s active and equal participation in post 2015 development framework.