More allocations sought for women’s development

Economist Anu Muhammad speaks during a National Press Club discussion hosted by the Socialist Women Forum on Saturday to demand more budget allocation for women’s empowerment. — New Age Photo

In a program of exchange of views, politicians, academics and women leaders on Saturday demanded more allocations in the next budget for the development of women.

The Samajtantrik Mahila Forum organized the program at the National Press Club chaired by its president Shampa Basu.

Anu Muhammad, a professor at Jahangirnagar University and an economist, said that in the country, the rights of ordinary people were ignored in the budget.

The Minister of Finance had an exchange of views with the businessmen and supported their interest while the needs of workers, teachers, women, artists and other professionals are not taken into account in the budgeting, Anu said.

Mahila Forum Secretary General Dilruba Nuri read the program’s opening speech in which she called for more allocations in the budget for women’s development and demanded financial recognition for housework done by women in daily life.

Sharmind Neelormi, a professor at Jahangirnagar University, called for more allocations in the budget for development, ensuring social security for women.

Socialist Party of Bangladesh General Secretary Bazlur Rashid Firoz said that without the development of women, the development of the country would be hampered as they make up half of the total population.

Mahila Forum Organizing Secretary Monisha Chakraborty said the government has only kept 1% ​​allocation for the gender budget.

Mara R. Wilmoth