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Why women in leadership role matter

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Why women in leadership role matter

Why women in leadership role matter

One of my personal favorites is "ShadharonMeye" by Tagore, which offers an insightful and compassionate portrait of a woman who is treated as ordinary by people around her. The multifaceted layers of her life that society frequently ignores or fails to acknowledge are deftly illuminated by Tagore. The girl has an intriguing inner world full of emotions, ambitions, and dreams despite her outward ordinariness. Tagore depicts her inner beauty and her concealed desires with an abrupt contrast to the ordinary reality she is forced to live in through vivid imagery. Days have changed. Bangladeshs history of womens rights has been marked by a number of cutting-edge but insufficient shifts. There has been a noticeable growth from the early 20th century pioneering leadership of Begum Rokeya to the current generation of female heads of state. These individual triumphs, nevertheless, frequently mask the underlying issues that outlaw greater adoption of female leadership.

Women in Bangladesh still face enormous obstacles to holding leadership positions, even in the face of tremendous global progress toward gender equality.Of the eight South Asian nations included in the World Economic Forums (WEF) 2024 Global Gender Gap Index, Bangladesh emerged out on top. They received scores according to a number of core criteria, including political empowerment, health and survival, educational attainment, and economic participation and opportunity. It persists to lead South Asia in gender equality for the tenth year in a row, despite falling 40 places in the global gender equality ranking. According to the report, Bangladeshs economic gender parity score which appears at 31.1% is the lowest it has been since 2014. The primary causes of this were the disparity in income between men and women as well as the decline in the number of women in positions of senior leadership. Furthermore, women made up only 25% of professional and technical workers in 2024.

Due to societys patriarchal perspective, societal norms and cultural barriers might represent the root causes. Because of the deeply ingrained patriarchal norms in Bangladesh, men are the ones who make most of the decisions. Womens access to leadership positions is impeded by this cultural perspective. Occasionally, a womans counterpart does not want her spouse to be in a senior leadership role because it could damage his masculine ego. In addition, women are usually anticipated to put parental duties ahead of their career goals. Their accessibility and capacity to seek leadership roles are restricted by this societal and family expectation.In many industries, women have limited opportunities for advancement along with substantial wage gaps. Their reliance on male family members for monetary assistance further impedes their ability to negotiate and assume leadership roles. Women entrepreneurs frequently confront obstacles in obtaining funding and financing for their businesses. Many people are unable to advance to positions of leadership in business due to this financial hurdle.

It is common for women in politics to experience violence, harassment, and threats, which deters them from assuming and retaining leadership positions.Although there are many well-known political roles held by women, these roles are typically that of token representatives rather than powerful leaders with actual authority. In addition, women in politics face harsh discrimination from our society since politics is traditionally seen as a mans domain.

Institutional barriers are also acute. Men often receive preference for leadership positions in both the public and private sectors of organizations. Even though international development organizations and organizations have a duty to hire women, they prefer to hire men for senior level positions. Womens professional development is impeded by discriminatory practices and implicit biases.

The notion that women are less capable of overseeing professional responsibilities, especially in leadership roles, is reinforced by prevailing patriarchal attitudes. Hiring, promotions, and regular workplace interactions are all impacted by this bias. Stereotyping is a common problem for women, wherein their professional abilities are assessed according to conventional gender norms. Prejudices of this kind can take many different forms, such as weakening their authority and preventing them from advancing in their careers. The lack of adequate maternity leave and flexible work schedules provided by many organizations makes it challenging for women to manage their personal and professional obligations.To foster a more acknowledging and motivating work environment, the public and private sectors must work together with greater coordination.

To establish a more embracing and motivating work environment, the public and private sectors must work together with greater coordination. Enacting comprehensive policies that are sensitive to gender, such as equal pay, anti-harassment measures, and adequate maternity leave.

It is necessary to improve the infrastructure. The situation can be ameliorated by guaranteeing the provision of necessities like private restrooms, child care centers, and secure transportation options. Flexibility in the workplace is another important concern. implementing flexible work schedules to assist women in better juggling their personal and professional obligations.

To address all of these issues while building a more integrating and uplifting work environment, the public and private sectors must work together. By implementing the recommended changes, Bangladesh can harness the full potential of its female workforce, driving economic growth and fostering social progress.It is not only worthwhile but also indispensable for women to step into roles of leadership in the pursuit of a more just and prosperous society. For younger generations, female leaders act as inspiration and role models. Girls and young women are driven to aspire to similar roles by their presence in leadership positions, which nibbles a positive cycle of ambition and empowerment.

The writer is a columnist and independent researcher

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