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Bangladesh is also not behind in the matter of discrimination against women. The Constitution of Bangladesh provides equal rights to men and women with two articles of the constitution even providing special laws that specifically benefit women. There are some laws in the country like reserved seats for women in Parliament and local government, widow allowance etc. In most cases, all laws are the same for men and women. But in reality, women may not actually benefit from those laws.

This has been said in the World Bank report 'Women, Business and Law 2024'. It states that in reality women have very few rights stipulated in law, in terms of free movement, workplace, wages, enterprise, resources. At work, women in Bangladesh enjoy only one-third as much as men. Bangladesh ranks last among the eight countries in South Asia, above only Afghanistan.

When we look at ourselves, we see many such examples. We all feel the lack of direct nomination of women to Parliament, women's representation in the civil service, women's access to business. Women in sports are just as successful as men, if not more, but investment in this area is much less. Women workers in the readymade garment sector are more vulnerable to exploitation. Women employed as domestic help receive low wages and hence security. Women also get less legal justice in cases of violence.

If all this has to end then women will have to be considered human beings. They should be seen as major influences, as mothers, as teachers of the new generation. That is why the need to increase employment opportunities, jobs and business facilities for women manifold should be felt not only on Women's Day, but every day of our lives.

* Asif Nazrul is Professor of Law Department at Dhaka University

*This column appeared in the print and online editions of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten for the English edition by Ayesha Kabir.

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