Women boost rural development and employment in Bangladesh: Minister

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June 13, 2022 9:47:11 PM

Young women in rural Bangladesh have contributed to overall development and employment in rural and remote villages, said Swapan Bhattacharjee, Minister of State for Rural Development and Cooperative Division.

He made the comments during an event organized by Oxfam Bangladesh to share the learning outcomes of their project titled “Resilience through Economic Empowerment, Climate Adaptation, Leadership and Learning (REECALL)” in the capital on Monday.

Oxfam demonstrated project results, including economic justice and women’s empowerment, climate action, active citizenship and knowledge management.

The Minister of State, addressing the event as a chief guest, said his ministry, as part of an initiative, is collecting cow’s milk for the state-owned company Milk Vita.

“A total of 28 types of food that we produce come from collected cow’s milk. The rural poor raise cattle to meet the demand for milk.

The deputy minister also said that “60% of the total number of people involved in raising cattle to provide milk for vita milk are women.”

“Women are deeply involved in rural development and employment through the rural cooperative service,” he added.

Bhattacharjee also urged young rural women to move for self-employment instead of applying for jobs.

The government is striving to provide necessary facilities to rural and remote areas to hold the theme of women empowerment, Swapan said.

Julian Francies, development and humanitarian activist, Kazi Rabeya Ame, rural director of Oxfam in Bangladesh and Ashish Damle, country director of Oxfam in Bangladesh, among others spoke at the event.

Oxfam in Bangladesh implemented the RECALL project in 13 districts in Bangladesh.

The project builds on Oxfam’s innovative response to the needs of climate-vulnerable communities in char, haor and coastal areas, with a focus on economic justice, women’s empowerment, action climate change, disaster risk reduction, active citizenship and knowledge management.

Swapan Bhattacharjee said the focus of Oxfam’s RECECALL program is aligned with the Prime Minister’s mission which works to empower women and build resilience among the vulnerable community in different parts of Bangladesh.

Oxfam Country Director Ashish Damle shared his contribution and journey in Bangladesh, including providing relief, reconstruction and various influencing work.

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