Though much advancement has been made, it is still a constant fight for women to progress in the society, said speakers yesterday.
To overcome the challenges, both men and women have to move forward with ideology, accountability and patriotism, they added.
The speakers said this at an event marking the 48th anniversary of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) at Jatiya Press Club in the capital.
The voluntary organisation working for women was formed on April 4, 1970 under the leadership of poet Sufia Kamal.
Ayesha Khanam, president of the Parishad, said the organisation works for protecting the rights of women. She also urged all to come forward and extend their support in protecting the rights of a woman in the society.
Selina Khalek, the Parishad’s adviser, said men and women should have equal participation in every aspect of the society.
Maleka Banu, its general secretary, delivered the welcome speech. She said many international agreements have been signed to protect the rights of a woman. But there has been no implementation of those agreements.
Rakhi Das Purkayastha, joint general secretary, presented the declaration paper. She urged women to work together for their empowerment.
Currently the organisation has 150,000 members and 61 branches across the country.