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Tête-à-tête with Qantara Khan

Published : Saturday, 8 June, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 138

Tête-à-tête with Qantara Khan

Tête-à-tête with Qantara Khan

Qantara Khan is currently a familiar face in Bangladesh. She is an active political activist, a member of the International Affairs Sub-Committee of the Bangladesh Awami League, the Joint Convener, and the Director of the Suchinta Foundation. She is also known as a faculty member of the Management and Law Department of Independent University Bangladesh.

She said, Our honourable Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, who is the daughter of the nation, is my ideal and inspiration. From an early age, inspired by the generous incompletion and love for the people of her father, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the liberator of Bangladesh, she exhibited a strong cognition of identity for the ordinary people.

My father, Faruq Khan, who is also a politician, his role model is Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and he always works for the people, following the ideals of the father of the nation. Being a politician, I like to sacrifice myself for the people.

And I think the daughter of the nation, honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is a constant inspiration and a source of hope for our girls.  Her leadership has been marked by a commitment to advancing childrens rights and opportunities, honouring their significant role in advancing Bangladesh on its path to prosperity.

The present government, under Sheikh Hasinas guidance, has embarked on various initiatives aimed at ensuring the holistic development of women and children in Bangladesh. Through extensive policies and programmes, her administration has prioritised education, health care, and economic empowerment for women, laying the foundation for a more inclusive and legitimate society.

Now, the girls of Bangladesh have shown their success in many fields and presented the country to the world with their competence. Women are now working more than ever in higher positions in administration, judiciary, police, armed forces, etc.

Our women are also doing really well in sports like cricket, football, swimming, shooting, athletics, etc. In recent times, they have achieved more than men, she said. The development and empowerment of women in Bangladesh have been possible only because of the watchful leadership and initiative of our honourable Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, she stated. Our foundation is the Suchinta Foundation, and
Im involved here to inculcate a sense of patriotism in the next generation and educate them about self-sacrifice and patriotism. Suchinta means positive ideas. In line with our name, our work concentrates on positive, rational, and constructive initiatives that contribute to the idea of a democratic, developed, and non-communal Bangladesh.

Our interventions and activities are guided by democratic principles of allowing equal opportunity and representation for every community member, regardless of their gender and beliefs. In such a society, development is shaped by actors at the community level, utilising local resources and homegrown ideas. To realise such a society, there must be broad-based awareness and participation by community members. Lastly, tolerance of diversity, dissent, and opposition ensures that the democratic process remains sound.

I think education is a must for girls because an educated mother can form an educated nation. Education is key to social interaction and the empowerment of women with full access to all rights. Education has been enlightening the society in Bangladesh, which is a secular, democratic, peace-loving, and all-inclusive country.

Our prime minister has invested heavily in girls education in the form of tuition-free education up to degree level, extended stipend coverage, scholarships, free meals, free books, and separate toilet facilities for girl students. Having female teachers has also helped, and now 60 percent of all primary school teachers in Bangladesh are women.

I am also establishing a school in our village, and we also trained them in tailoring to become self-sufficient.

Furthermore, she stated that our prime ministers goal is to ensure financial freedom and economic empowerment for women. If a woman can earn money, she automatically has a voice in the family and a stake in society. As a result of this emphasis, womens participation in the formal labour force has been increasing steadily in Bangladesh under Hasinas leadership.

In order to empower women, it is essential to increase their economic participation and financial security. Bangladesh has seen a rise in womens entrepreneurship as a result of the government supporting numerous initiatives, such as microfinance programmes and skill development training. With the help of these initiatives, women are now more capable of starting their own businesses, obtaining stable employment, and boosting the national economy.

I have also established a school for autism children, working on third-gender and old homes in my village.

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