The government will implement the National Women Development Policy 2011 in three phases: short, medium and long terms.
Of these, the short-term work plan will be implemented in two years while medium one in five years and the long-term work plan will be executed in nine years.
State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki announced the government’s national work plan at a press conference yesterday at Hotel Sonargaon in the city.
Chumki said as part of the short term plan, the parliament members elected in female quota will be allocated specific constituency and 50 percent of the female representations will be ensured in the governing bodies of financial institutions across the country in two years.
A surveillance team will be formed comprising public, private and NGO representatives to ensure equal payment to the male and female workers for same work.
Under the medium term work-plan, the government will enact laws as per directives of the High Court to contain sexual harassment and protect maidservants.
The state minister said the government will ensure 50 percent representation of females in the local bodies’ elections.
Responding to a question, she said the government has no plan to bring any change to the law enacted in compliance with the religion. “We have a plan to bring change in the family law, not in the religious law,” she said.
Chumki said her party would increase the number of female candidates in the coming parliamentary elections.
In the existing parliament, there are only 19 elected female members, which is only 6 percent of the total members of parliament.
She said the government has already started implementation of the National Women Development Policy.
Women and Children Affairs secretary Tariq-ul-Islam was also present at the press conference.