Men and women should work together to turn Bangladesh into a developed country by 2041, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi said at an event on Thursday.
“There is no difference between men and women when it comes to taking responsibilities,” the minister said while addressing as the chief guest a session of the International Women Entrepreneurs’ Summit (IWES)-2022 at Radisson Blue Water Garden Hotel in Dhaka.
The session, titled “Women in Big Industries Providing Backward Linkage for Smaller Industries”, was part of the summit held on November 23-24, jointly organised by Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) and Bangladesh-India Business Council (BIBC).
“Women are no longer lagging in any field of work, and are performing their duties efficiently,” Tipu Munshi said, adding that women are now contributing equally to the development of the country.
“Half of the country’s population is women. It is not possible to move forward without taking them along. It is our responsibility to support the women in our society, and we should move forward by working together. That is why our mentality needs to change,” the minister added.
The session was moderated by “Herstory Foundation” Founder and Executive Director Jerin Mahmud Hossain, while Berger Paints Bangladesh Ltd Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Rupali H Chowdhury presented the keynote.
Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh ITO Naoki attended the session virtually and presented his speech. Square Pharmaceuticals Deputy Director Anika Chowdhury, Seven Ring Cement Director Arusha Khan, and Wander Woman Chief Executive Officer Sabira Mehrin Saba also spoke at the event.