Published:  12:05 AM, 16 March 2019

It's not just women's issue

Speakers urge men and women to strive for gender balance

Mentioning that the gender balance is important for sustainable development as well as social progress, speakers at a discussion yesterday underscored the need for ensuring equal participation of men and women in all spheres for attaining gender parity in the country.

Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) organized the event, 'Balance For Better: Samriddhir Pathe, Ekshathe', at the Krishibid Institution Bangladesh, marking the International Women's Day.

Divided into two panel discussions, the event saw speakers from diverse sectors connecting 400 participants by sharing insights about collective actions and shared responsibility. The event, supported by UKAid and Manusher Jonno Foundation, came to an end with the performance of Chitropot. UNB was its media partner.

Over the past 10 years, BYLC has provided leadership training to over 3,800 youths in Bangladesh.In her speech, Shaheen Anam, executive director of Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF), said, "Mass-level advocacy on gender balance is crucial to create an inclusive work environment and opportunities for women to thrive in workplaces."

Legal Circle Founder Anita Ghazi Rahman echoed Shaheen Anam, saying thinking oneself as a human first, and then male or female can significantly improve the situation.Farin Daulah, co-founder and managing director of Yellow Brick Road, and Nazma Ara Begum Poppy, Adjunct Faculty of North South University, General Secretary of Visually Impaired People's Society (VIPS) and Project Officer of Handicap International, also spoke on the occasion.

In the second session, BYLC President Ejaj Ahmad said, "Gender balance is not just a women's issue but a social one. Both men and women have to work collectively to strive for gender equality and make positive gains in society."Imtiaz Ilahi, co-founder of BDRunners and Managing Director of GraphicPeople, and Farzana Kashfi, a development activist and former Head of BRAC Skills Development Programme, also spoke as panel discussants.
Later, all the panelists engaged in an insightful question-and-answer session with the audience.

Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) exists to build connections among youths from diverse backgrounds, equip them with leadership skills, and enable them to have a high impact in public, private and civil sectors. All their efforts aim to strengthen prosperity, justice and inclusiveness in societies worldwide.

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