Women not truly empowered at local govt: experts

Staff Correspondent

Local government experts and rights activists on Saturday said that the women representatives at the local rung of the government were not truly empowered.
They came up with the observation at a seminar hosted by Brac Institute of Governance and Development, at a hotel in the capital’s Banani vicinity.
BIGD executive director Sultan Hafeez Rahman presided over the seminar that was addressed among others, by ambassador of Switzerland to Bangladesh, Christian Fotsch, local government expert Badiul Alam Majumdar, head of public administration department of Dhaka University, Akhter Hussain, general secretary of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, Maleka Banu and commissioner of Anti-corruption Commission, Nasiruddin Ahmed.
Christian Fotsch said his government is funding various projects in Bangladesh to enhance capacities of the local government institutions.
He said he found that the reserved women representatives were not enjoying the same power and status as enjoyed by the representatives elected through general elections.
Fotsch said despite of scopes to get elected from general constituencies, some women folks prefer limiting them to the reserved seats.
Badiul Alam said the system of ‘reserved seats’ for women in the local government is faulty.

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