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Sunday, February 22, 2015, Falgun 10, 1421 BS, Jamadi ul Awwal 2, 1436 Hijr

Gender Equality
Dhaka getting ready for  Beijing Platform review
Preparatory meet today
Published : Sunday, 22 February, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 33

Banani Mallick
Bangladesh is getting ready for Beijing Platform for Action meeting scheduled for next month in New York.
In this regard UN Women for Bangladesh has convened a preparatory meeting today (Sunday) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre to workout country papers for the New York meeting.
In 1995, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was adopted by the Fourth World Conference on Women, and subsequently endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1996.
The Beijing Platform for Action constitutes a global  framework for realizing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. After every five years, progress in implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action is reviewed by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
Already there have been three reviews to date --- in 2000, 2005 and 2010 --- with each review resulting in a declaration that reinforces global commitment to the empowerment of women and girls and outlines priority actions for the coming five years.
This year the 59th CSW (Beijing +20) is going to take place from 9 to 20 March 2015 at the United Nations in New York. It will be followed by a recommitment to the Platform for Action at the 2015 General Assembly session beginning in September.
UN Women Bangladesh Chapter meeting today with the official delegation of the Government of Bangladesh regarding participation at the 59th CSW.  The meeting will begin at 10:00 am with Meher Afroze Chumki, State Minister of Ministry for Women and Child Affairs, as chief guest.
 When asked for her opinion relating to gender equality and empowerment of women in the perspective of Bangladesh, she said that at present the percentage of gender equality has increased. She also noted that CSW of Bangladesh is improving, as gender equality has been targeted to reach the MDGs goal indicators.
"Besides, we have targeted some other areas, such as poverty alleviation, education, child and maternal health and environmental sustainability", she said. She also said that for ensuring gender equality the government not only provided free education service at the primary school level but also at the intermediate level. The government had provided stipends for girls and boys too. "We are trying our best to ensure that women have equal rights to property.  But even ensuring this is a considerable challenge," she said.
Referring to women's empowerment, she noted that the government has adopted gender-sensitive budgeting in the ministries and about 40 ministries are monitoring the progress.
Tapati Saha, Programme Coordinator, Women's Economic Empowerment, UN Women, talking to The Daily Observer, said that the key objective of the meeting is to facilitate and support the Bangladesh government's active participation at the Commission on the Status of Women from 9 to 20 March 2015 at United Nations in New York.
The main theme for the 59th session of the CSW is the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
She also added that the session is particularly important as an opportunity to accelerate progress on the commitments that were made by all governments in 1995, and for advocating a post-MDG agenda that takes forward the agenda for gender equality. 

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