Readers’ Voice28 September 2022
Woman empowerment propels prosperity
Women's empowerment has always been a contentious topic in developing nations like Bangladesh because of the complicated cultural and socio-demographic environment. Women are considered subordinate to men in the country and are made confined to houses for the nourishment of family members. It is really an irony to see women restricted around four walls without emancipation to relish their fundamental rights. The fact can't be denied that women are the source of the development of nations and change in societies. They contribute significantly to improving the socio-politico and economic conditions of the country. Social change occurs when the social structure of society is rejuvenated and reformed. The archaic and traditional mentality is metaphored into the modern mindset.
These movements lead to change in the mechanism within the social structure:- empowering women with basic rights allowed by the constitution of Bangladesh like participation in the political arena and access to education and so on. Women empowerment will ensure the growth of Bangladesh's GDP. It is reported by IMF that with the contribution of women, Bangladesh's GDP will increase by one-third which is really missive. So it is time to allow women, to participate in the development of Bangladesh from all aspects, socially, politically and economically to ensure the prosperity of the country. This patriarchal mentality needs to stop here for the better future of Bangladesh.
Need a liveable and
Because of the growing pressure and overcrowding of a population of around 21 million, the capital Dhaka ranks at the bottom of the global liveability index.
Due to continuous degradation of air quality, increasing pressure of population, unhealthy surroundings, environmental pollution, shortage of natural cooking gas and safe drinking water, water logging, intense traffic congestion, the inadequacy of civic facilities, insufficiency of greenery, etc - the normal life of the people of Dhaka is now a mess and the livability of the mega city is facing complex questions.
There is no alternative to increasing the quality of projected services including planned urbanization, to have adequate greenery, implementation of a Detailed Area Plan (DAP), decentralization of the Dhaka-centric housing system, and increase of citizen facilities necessary to cater to healthy and safe living-to make today's charmless Dhaka mega city habitable again.