Bangladesh PM receives Global Women’s Leadership Award

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina receives  the Global Women’s Leadership Award from Global Summit of Women President Irene Natividad in Sydney on Friday. (Photo/PID)
Updated 27 April 2018

Bangladesh PM receives Global Women’s Leadership Award

  • Sheikh Hasina was awarded for leadership in women’s education and entrepreneurship
  • The premier was given the award by the president of the Global Summit of Women, Irene Natividad

DHAKA: Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received on Friday the Global Women’s Leadership Award in Sydney, Australia.

The US-based Global Summit of Women conferred the award on her for her leadership in women’s education and entrepreneurship in Bangladesh.

She received the award from summit President Irene Natividad at a gala dinner, in the presence of around 1,500 women leaders from across the world.

“We have to forge a new alliance to support women and uphold their rights,” Hasina said as she received the award to a standing ovation. 

“Together, we must act on our shared culture, tradition and values to benefit millions of women in need.”

Last year, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was given the award. Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and former UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova have also been among the recipients.

During her 10-year rule, Hasina has created opportunities for Bangladeshi women in the civil service, corporate, development and entrepreneurship sectors.  

But despite social development, violence against women and gender inequality remain key issues to be addressed.

“We need to ensure prompt justice against domestic violence and rape,” said Prof. Ishrat Shamim, president of the Center for Women and Children Studies in Dhaka. “It will make people aware and deter them from resorting to violence against women.”

Child marriage is also a huge concern among women’s rights activists in Bangladesh. Shamim said a minimum age for girls to get married should be set at 18. 

Currently, child marriage for girls is legal in many parts of the country under special circumstances.

“In Bangladesh, we’re experiencing a mixed situation in terms of women’s development,” Farah Kabir, country manager at Action Aid Bangladesh, told Arab News. 

“On the one hand, women are contributing to the development of society with much confidence, while on the other they’re facing violence both inside and outside the home.”

Hasina expressed her resolve to work with world leaders to overcome traditional gender stereotypes and reach out to marginalized and vulnerable women.

She stressed the need to address health hazards specific to women to enhance their productivity, and the need for equal opportunities for women in every walk of life.
 


Slovenia’s prime minister announces resignation

Updated 56 min 1 sec ago

Slovenia’s prime minister announces resignation

  • The resignation comes just after Finance Minister Andrej Bertoncelj announced he would quit and follows internal conflicts within the five-member coalition
LJUBLJANA: Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Sarec on Monday announced he would step down, calling for fresh elections, following his finance minister’s resignation from the minority government.

“With these members of parliament and this coalition I cannot fulfil the people’s expectations,” he told journalists.

“The most honest thing we could do now would be early elections... to ask people whether they trust me and they want me to continue to work,” added Sarec, a former comedian who became prime minister in 2018.

The resignation comes just after Finance Minister Andrej Bertoncelj announced he would quit and follows internal conflicts within the five-member coalition.

In December, the coalition barely managed to appoint a new cohesion minister after the populist Slovenian National Party agreed to abstain from the vote.

Slovenian President Borut Pahor will now have to start talks with parliamentary parties to see whether any of them can form a new coalition that commands a parliamentary majority.