Women Empowerment Essay example

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While the impact of globalisation maybe hotly contested, with its proponents claiming extraordinary benefits for mankind and its opponents stressing disproportionate benefits for the rich, and marginalisation and disempowerment of the poor, for countries such as Bangladesh with low income, smaller capacities and even lesser bargaining turf, globalisation has thrown up a host of challenges with great rapidity. And yet we continually strive to integrate into a globalised world whilst balancing our national agenda of democracy, development and trade.

While speaking on Bangladesh, since coming here as Bangladesh’s High Commissioner I have come to realize, increasingly and sadly as time has gone by, that Bangladesh is often bypassed and when
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But Bangladeshis have clearly manifested their democratic credentials through peaceful transfer of power in three successfully held free and fair elections. And they will accept nothing less than a democratic transfer of power in elections scheduled for early 2007.

With a 12% non-Muslim population, Bangladeshis have also proven, despite some provocations, that it is possible to be a pre-dominantly Muslim nation and yet have all the communities enjoy their political freedom, religious liberty, cultural identity while preserving excellent inter-faith harmony. The absence of any incident in Bangladesh in the wake of murderous events in the region and elsewhere underscores---if that were necessary--- the tolerant attitude of our people and the pragmatic measures taken by the government. This characteristic of the Bangladesh people can be attributed to an ancient Bengal civilization in which Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam coexisted in harmony since time immemorial.

On the developmental front Bangladesh has gained international credit as the only South Asian country to have already reached three of the eight UN Millennium Development Goals, including attaining universal primary education, gender parity in primary and secondary schools, and access to safe drinking

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