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Women leaders seek 100 reserved seats in parliament

Leaders of various Women organisations on Wednesday demanded increasing the reserved seats for women in the next parliament to 100 for the overall development of the country’s women.

About a hundred of them formed a human chain at zero point area in Rajshahi city at 10am to press home their demand.

Addressing the human chain, the speakers said that though it is talked everywhere of bringing equality between men and women, it is not reflected in the national parliament.

‘The fifty reserved seats for women in the national parliament is much less than that of men. It needs to be increased to at least 100’, said Rajshahi Mohila Awami League president Morjina Parvin.

Morjina Parvin, also the president of the district Jatiyo Mohila Sangstha, said that many political parties also held back women in providing nominations for elections.

‘They have to come out of such an attitude. Party nomination should be given to women with an equal importance. In this era, women should not be left behind as the prime minister is working for the empowerment of women in the country’, she said.

The speakers urged the authorities concerned to meet their demand soon.

Among others, Mohila Parishad Rajshahi unit president Kalpana Roy, Jatiyo Mohila Sangstha trainer Sabia Sultana, Bangladesh National Women Lawyers’ Association Rajshahi divisional coordinator Dil Setara Chuni, Rajshahi Mohila AL leaders Iffat Ara Kamal and Nur Jahan Sarkar, and Bangladesh Federal Journalist Union joint secretary general Rashed Ripon spoke at the human chain.

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