Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday urged women in the country to engage themselves in income generating activities instead of sitting idle at home for their economic freedom.
"If we want to advance the society then all, irrespective of women and men, have to go forward keeping their shoulders side by side," she said.
The prime Minister came up with the remarks while addressing the inaugural function of the International Women's Day at Bangladesh Shishu Academy auditorium. The Prime Minister joined the programme virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban.
The Ministry of Women and Children Affairs arranged the function with State Minister Fazilatun Nessa Indira in the chair.
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh Mia Seppo was present at the function as a special guest. Women and Children Affairs Secretary Md Sayedul Islam delivered the welcome address.
The theme for International Women's Day 2021 is, 'Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world'.
The Prime Minister termed the womenfolks as the half of the society said that a society cannot advance properly if half of its remain ineffective.
In this connection, she said that it would not be possible to attain the freedom of women by just shouting and giving speeches.
Rights have to be attained, and for it attaining qualities is a must, and that qualities will come through education and training, she said.