PM honoured with Global Women’s Leadership Award
Sayeed Muhammad: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for mobilizing a new global alliance to promote women rights and empowerment as she was conferred upon Global Women’s Leadership Award for her outstanding contribution for the women. “We have to forge a new alliance to support the women and uphold their rights. Together, we must act on our shared culture, tradition and values to benefit millions of women in need,” she said while receiving the award at a Gala Dinner of the Global Summit of Women 2018 at Sydney, Australia. The premier received the prestigious accolade from Global Summit of Women President Irene Natividad in presence of nearly 1500 women leaders from across the globe, who also gave a standing ovation to the Bangladesh prime minister for several minutes on the occasion. “I am highly glad and deeply honored,” she said, adding: “It is a great pleasure for me to see the women change-makers.”
She urged all to work together to overcome traditional gender stereotypes regarding women’s ability and reach out marginal and vulnerable women who were still less fed, not schooled, under-paid and violated. The US-based NGO called Global Summit of Women conferred the award on the Bangladesh PM for her leadership in women’s education and entrepreneurship in Bangladesh. A video documentary on the political life of the awardee, Bangladesh’s economic progress and different steps taken by her government for women empowerment was screened earlier. Sheikh Rehana and Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, among others, were present during the event.It is a business Summit, the ‘business’ focuses on which is on women’s advancement in the global economy and it has been connecting women worldwide for more than the last 2 years.Hasina will visit Sydney University today for a sit with her Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull and attend a community event at a Sydney hotel. She leaves Sydney tomorrow afternoon and returns home on Monday.