World Economic Forum has given a good message for Bangladesh. According to ‘The Global Gender Gap Report 2018’ published recently, for the fourth time in a row, Bangladesh held its top most position among the countries of South Asia in ensuring gender equality.
The Global Gender Gap Report benchmarked 149 countries on their progress towards gender parity across four thematic dimensions: Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, and Political Empowerment. Bangladesh has achieved 48th position among 149 countries in the world.
“Bangladesh consolidates its position as the region’s top performer and breaks into the global Index top 5 on the Political Empowerment subindex this year, recording progress on closing its political gender gap, despite a widening gender gap in terms of labour force participation,” said the report.
Its South Asian neighbours on the index are Sri Lanka on 100th position with 0.676 points, Nepal on 105th with 0.676 points India on 108th with 0.665 points while Pakistan was at the bottom (148th) scoring 0.550 point, ahead of only war-torn Yemen.
Bangladesh has closed over 72 percent of its overall gender gap while Pakistan managed under 55 percent.
“With the exception of Bangladesh and Pakistan at either end of South Asia’s regional table, gender parity outcomes are somewhat homogenous across the region,” says the report.
The report praises Bangladesh in terms of political empowerment for ‘recording progress on closing its political gender gap’ but it adds the country is experiencing ‘a widening gender gap in terms of labour force participation’.
Earlier in a report in September, the WEF said Bangladesh made improvements in creating equal opportunities for legislator, senior official and manager roles, as well as professional and technical roles.
It is proud of us that newly-elected Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has recently expressed his surprise that Bangladesh is going ahead from Pakistan. He said, “Once we ruled the country and they were burden for us. But the country has achieved a tremendous success in various fields”. Besides, Pakistani scholars have recently urged the newly-elected Prime Minister of Pakistan to follow the development model of Bangladesh to ensure Pakistan’s progress and development.
But we should not stop here. We have to continue this journey of success and gradually develop our positions further. Women's position in the economic field is still weak in the country. They are also behind in the higher education. In order to take the country to the developed one, we have to resolve the problems.
We believe that, if the political situation remains stability and we continue our efforts, it will not be difficult to establish gender equality in the country. As a large part of the population is women, so it is essential to ensure equal rights for all to accelerate development. We hope that Bangladesh will set a great example in the world through establishing and implementing women-friendly policies. We expect that Bangladesh will be able to increase her image in the world and emerge as a developed country.
risingbd / Dhaka / Dec 21, 2018 / Ali Nowsher /Mukul