Bangladesh has won the prestigious Women in Parliaments (WIP) Award for regional leadership in the South and Southeast Asia category for closing the gender gap in politics. The award was presented by WIP Global Forum at annual summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
On behalf of Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Minister of State (MoS) for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam received the award. Bangladesh is only country in the world where the Prime Minister, Parliament speaker, Leader of the Opposition, Deputy Leader of the house, and a major opposition leader are all women.
The government has dedicated the award to more than 200,000 women violated in 1971 war of independence as it comes just before the celebration of Bangladesh’s 45th Independence Day on Mar 26.
Bangladesh has secured a place among the top 10 countries that reduced gender gaps in politics significantly.
About Women in Parliaments Award:
1. WIP Award is based on the rankings of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report.
2. The report assesses 135 countries that represent more than 93% of the world’s population. It also assesses on how well resources and opportunities are divided among male and female populations.
3. Women in Parliaments (WIP) is the global network of female parliamentarians at the national level and has around 9,000 female parliamentarians in its network.