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Huge sale as thousands throng gender fair in Rangpur
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Huge sale as thousands throng gender fair in Rangpur

Huge sale of the locally produced goods is being observed on the second day today as thousands of people thronging the gender fair arranged here for women empowerment through flourishing female entrepreneurship.‘Oporajita’, an organisation of the successful women entrepreneurs and women leaders has been organising the two-day ‘Gender Fair- 2014’ at Public Library ground in the city since Saturday to promote SME products of the female entrepreneurs.Mayor of Rangpur City Corporation and valiant freedom fighter Alhaj Sarfuddin Ahmed Jhantu formally inaugurated the fair at a colourful ceremony on Saturday afternoon as the chief guest.With President of District Nari Unnayan Forum Munsefa Khatun in the chair, President of Rangpur Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry Anwar Ferdousi Poly and President of Unnoto Paribar Gathon Mohila Sangstha Marhamatunnesa attended as special guests.Executive Director of Gano Kallyan Sangstha Golam Mehedi delivered welcome speech narrating objectives of the fair.Small and medium scale women entrepreneurs, NGOs and women organisations have set up 23 stalls in the fair displaying handicrafts, jute-made products, bags, and ‘paposh’, clothes for people of all ages, saree, handloom garments, boutiques and household goods.The speakers said the country has already achieved tremendous uplift in every sector with the participation of both men and women on its way to become a middle income nation soon under the leadership of Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina. The women are contributing equally to agriculture, trade, commerce and becoming Speaker, ministers, parliament member, deputy commissioner, police super, defense officer, bureaucrat and even conquering the Mount Everest setting up glaring example, the speakers said.In his speech, the chief guest said that sustainable national development would not be attained excluding the womenfolk, half of the country’s total population.He said there is no alternative to ensuring equal socioeconomic, political and human rights of the women like the men and their enhanced participations in every sphere of life to bring an end to gender discriminations for developing the nation.He urged the men to come forward with a changed mindset to work unitedly with the women to erase all gender discriminations in turning Bangladesh into a developed nation ensuring equal participations of the women, their rights and empowerment.The RCC Mayor stressed for involving more women and female entrepreneurs with flourishing of local small and medium enterprises (SME) sector to accelerate national development through enhancing economic growth and poverty alleviation. -BSS, Rangpur

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