MJF Program Coordinator, Ruma Sultana, spoke at the event.
International Women’s Day was observed on Tuesday, 8 March across the country as elsewhere in the world with a call for building a sustainable world giving priority to gender equality. This year, theme of the day was “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”.
This year, different women, social and political organisations took separate programmes to observe the International Women’s Day. Bangladesh Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee and Manusher Jonno Foundation jointly organised a discussion session on ‘Senior Female Lawyers’ Role in Increasing the Quality of Government’s Legal Services at Supreme Court and Gender Equality Preferred for a Sustainable Future’ at Supreme Court Conference Lounge. Chief Justice Mr. Hasan Foez Siddique was present as Chief Guest. Whereas Justice of Appellate Division Mr. M. Enayetur Rahim and Attorney General A M Amin Uddin were present as Special Guest. Justice Jahangir Hossain, Chairman, Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee, presided over the session.
Chief Justice Hasan Foez Siddique in his message said, “Women participation are there in every aspects of national development initiatives. Discrimination against women exists in the society from the primitive age but in present days women have overcome this discrimination and established their rights.” In his speech he mentioned about women’s contribution during liberation war on 1971. He added, that the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman took initiatives with the aim of rehabilitating and empowering women who had suffered in the great war of independence. He had shared that senior lawyers’ contribution in providing legal support to destitute women is remarkable.
Register General of Supreme Court Mr. Bazlur Rahman, General Secretary of Law Reporter’s Forum, Mr. Mohammad Yeasin, Member Secretary of Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee, Abanti Nurul, among other members of Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee, Ruma Sultana and 33 panel lawyers attended at the programme.