Rural women become driving force for socioeconomic advancement

Rural women become driving force for socioeconomic advancement


Thousands of rural women have the driving force in achieving self- reliance to accelerate socioeconomic advancement and empowering them sustainably by contributing a lot towards attaining sustainable rural uplift.

Earlier, these successful women had to live under miseries due to abject poverty even a decade ago and their children are now going to the schools though they never thought about education of their kids in the pasts.At the same time, they have achieved sanitation coverage, raised their voice against repression, child marriage, dowry, polygamy, superstitions and adopted proper family planning to reduce population growth rate.Because of their appreciable awareness, maternal and neonatal deaths, malnutrition of the children, women and pregnant women have been reduced everywhere,including remote and hardly reachable char areas.Talking to BSS, the successful women said it became possible only after attaining economic self-reliance through their hard endevours at their own or with assistance of various ongoing programmes of the government, NGOs and donor agencies.They said the rural women have already driven away the decades-old curse of extreme poverty, commonly known as ‘monga’, from the northern region as the downtrodden womenfolk have now become economically solvent through income generations.Successful women Nahar Banu, Suraiya Parveen, Kohinoor, Sokhina, Rasheda and Shyamoli Rani of different Rangpur villages narrated their success stories and stressed for ensuring equal women rights through empowering them socially and politically.They have achieved success through sewing handloom garments, small-scale enterprises and business, animal husbandry, rearing poultry birds, selling their labours as farm- labourers, homestead gardening, farming fruits, spices, fish and agri-activities.Many of them have achieved success through homestead gardening and setting up of smaller cottage industries, participatory social forestation, microcredit activities and income generations under the government’s social safety net programmes.Kajoli Rani, Shirina Begum, Nirmola, Indu Rani and Lucky Akhter of Kurigram villages said their economic self-reliance made it possible to root out the decades-old seasonal curse of ‘monga’ that created untold sufferings to the rural poor in the pasts.Female day-labourers Mohsena Khyatun, Bulbuli Begum, Aklima, Sabina Yasmin, Nasrine, Rozina Khatun and Halima of Panchagarh villages said they have achieved economic well-being by plucking green tea leaves in the eta gardens.Nuhera Khatun, Marjina Akhter, Shudha Rani, Fahima and Julekha Begum of different villages in Lalmonirhat and Nilphamari said they have achieved self-reliance through the government’s social safety-net programmes and employment generation activities.While narrating their success stories of winning against poverty, hunger and illiteracy, the successful women said that they are now living well and their children are going to the schools and though their days were miserable even a decade ago.District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer of Rangpur Abdus Salam the rural womenfolk have achieved laudable success in eradicating poverty to accelerate social advancement, sustainable development and women empowerment.Head of Programme Coordination of RDRS Bangladesh Monjusree Saha said the rural women have been playing vital role in attaining socioeconomic uplift, developing and empowering the womenfolk with equal rights in the society.She suggested for further strengthening of the local government bodies through empowering female union members and upazila female vice chairmen to accelerate uplift and empowerment of the rural women in building a middle income nation.Executive Director of Northbengal Institute of Development Studies Dr Syed Samsuzzaman said the rural women have achieved the laudable success following the decisive political will and effective steps of the government for social advancement. -BSS, Rangpur


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