The history of women’s movement is very long and ancient. However, it is almost impossible to give a specific date or year as the beginning. The wind of women’s movement from all over the world has also blown in this region. What is known from the books and the writings of eminent people is that the ‘women’s movement’ is inevitable in a situation of discriminatory social development. There is no specific type of this movement. In the literature, art and culture of Bengal, women’s rebellion, movement and courage have been manifested. The role of women in politics is also incomparable. The current of the women’s movement all over the world has been circulating among the women of this region since the British period. The history of Bengali women’s rights awareness and movement from the eighteenth to the twentieth century is associated with the socio-economic ups and downs of the region. The primary goal and purpose behind the women’s movement is the desire to break free from the shackles of slavery. Again, the issue of women’s economic freedom has been discussed in Bangladesh as well as all over the world.
Women leaders say a lot has been done about the women’s movement around the world. The history of women’s movement in Bangladesh is also quite long. In the last few decades, the movement of women and the advancement of women in various fields is very visible. However, at present, the women’s movement has slowed down a lot. The glorious aspect of the women’s movement in the struggle for rights is now very much stagnant. As it happens, the celebration of the day seems to be limited to the central organization.
However, there are different views. The argument of those who hold different views is; The women’s movement is a continuous process. It’s still running. The journey of women’s movement in the country has continued using the experience of national and international level.
Former and only female VP of Dhaka University, Professor Dr. was associated with the women’s movement from college and university life. Mahfuza Khanam. Elaborating on his experience, he told Bhorer Kagoj that before 1971 and after the country became independent, two different contexts had been created. At that time, all the men and women came together and fought for the independence of the country. After the country became independent, the women’s movement took on a different dimension. After the independence of the country, very good work has been done in the country politically and socially from 1990 to 2000 with the women’s movement. Since then, it seems that a slow rhythm has come in the movement. It is true that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have an important role to play in the development of the country. However, as NGOs began to expand, organizations associated with the women’s movement also began to work with funds from those organizations. From then on the inner fire began to be controlled. I want to say that the desire to make a revolution from within is not in exchange for money. If anything happened before, I would immediately go down to the field. How many hundreds of events are happening in so many organizations now, but are we seeing them in the field?
Cameron Nahar, a member of the women’s wing, also thinks the women’s movement has lost its strength. He told Bhorer Kagoj, “We cannot say what Begum Rokeya said in 1890 even in this age.” I’m not saying. We do not have the courage to say them. The women’s movement is not really Akon. We have no power except to stand with a banner. We do not know how much more this energy needs to be increased. We’re trying to tap. Which must be given more loudly. The success of the women’s movement in Bangladesh was glorious, now it is history. It needs to be emphasized more. We need to express the power we have gained. We need to be more organized with our young generation to express ourselves.
However, the women’s movement has come to a standstill, not agreeing to accept the general secretary of the Bangladesh Women’s Council. Maleka Banu. “Women’s movement is a continuous process,” she told Bhorer Kagoj. The women’s movement of our country is also moving forward by utilizing the experience of national and international level. We were on the field before and still are. Earlier we wanted to remedy the problem. Now the organizations involved in the women’s movement are also trying to find a solution to the problem. In what sense is it called stagnant? The women’s movement has never been vandalized and is not doing so yet. I will say that now the boundaries of the women’s movement have increased. The dimension of work has increased. We have to work in new ways. Therefore, this woman leader thinks that it is necessary to consider how reasonable it is that the women’s movement has come to a standstill.
Jinat Ara Haque, executive coordinator of the We Can Prevent Domestic Violence Alliance, also thinks the women’s movement has not stagnated but has now reached a new level. She told Bhorer Kagoj that the history of women’s movement in Bangladesh is very rich. Those who say that the women’s movement is not fast now are not right. Announcing the program on the street, in the press club is not a movement. The movement is to make the goals we are working for a reality. It is true that women’s movement does not happen with projects. However, this is also exactly the case with the women’s movement, various NGOs have done a lot. A study by Oxfarm found that ordinary people think that NGOs have done a very good job of involving ordinary people in disasters and women’s issues.
This human rights activist is not disappointed with the women’s movement. Over time, he says, the nature of the movement changes and the purpose changes. The type of violence against women was the same before. Which has now become multidimensional. As we used to say, marriage is not before 18 years. Now it is being considered whether it is necessary to marry a woman’s biography. So the direction of movement changes based on time and demand.
Source: Bhorer Kagoj by www.bhorerkagoj.com.
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