Women in Bangladesh are driving its development journey in a big way, as the country's economic transformation is driven -- in large part -- by social changes, starting with the empowerment of women.
Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal made this assertion while speaking in a high-level seminar at the International Criminal Court, The Hague as a designated panelist.
The embassies of Canada and Switzerland, in partnership with the International Criminal Court (ICC) arranged the seminar on the occasion of launching of the International Gender Champions- Den Haag Hub.
“Gender Champion” is an initiative where individuals make specific commitments to pursue the cause of women empowerment, while pledging to uphold the spirit of gender equality in all spheres of work.
Terming women empowerment a great social achievement of Bangladesh, Ambassador Belal said innovative initiatives like microfinance, apparel and textile industry helped women in Bangladesh come out from the confines of their households to the marketplace and industry.
Citing the World Economic Forum's “Global Gender Gap Report 2018”, he shared how Bangladesh earned its rank at 48th well ahead of the countries like USA, Italy, Austria, Croatia, Slovak Republic, Czech Republic and Singapore.
Bangladesh performed exceedingly well in political empowerment domain, being ranked at fifth position in the same report where only Iceland, Nicaragua, Norway and Rwanda are above Bangladesh, he noted.
President of the ICC Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji inaugurated the seminar, where Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor of the ICC; Caitlin Kraft, executive director of Women@TheTable, and Hans de Boer, chairman, Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW), took part in the discussion.