Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Friday, July 21, 2017 06:48:31 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Interview

BARRISTER MITI SANJANA is an advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and is the founding partner of LEGAL COUNSEL, an internationally proclaimed and well-reputed law firm. She was called to the bar of England and Wales by the hon’ble Society of Lincoln’s Inn, UK. In addition to her diverse legal practices, she is also an activist and a regular columnist.Her tantalizing verbal creations captivates the readers until the very last page. Her legal articles are accompanied by the ethics and righteousness. She writes and speaks frequently about the women and children rights issues, domestic violence, Human Rights issues, politics, culture and history. She regularly contributes to the popular dailies. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Barrister Miti Sanjana talks to Weekend Plus (The New Nation) about why economic empowerment and protection of women’s rights are fundamental to the sustainable development of our country and how we can help our country to achieve this.

BARRISTER MITI SANJANA is an advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and is the founding partner of LEGAL COUNSEL, an internationally proclaimed and well-reputed law firm. She was called to the bar of England and Wales by the hon’ble Society of Lincoln’s Inn, UK. In addition to her diverse legal practices, she is also an activist and a regular columnist.Her tantalizing verbal creations  captivates the readers until the very last page. Her legal articles are accompanied by the ethics and righteousness. She writes and speaks frequently about the women and children rights issues, domestic violence, Human Rights issues, politics, culture and history. She regularly contributes to the popular dailies. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Barrister Miti Sanjana talks to Weekend Plus (The New Nation) about why economic empowerment and protection of women’s rights are fundamental to the sustainable  development of our country and how  we can help our country to achieve this.
photo by

By
10th-Mar-2017       Readers ( 610 )   0 Comments
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all (0) »

Weekend Plus: What are the specific problems that women in our country are facing?
Miti Sanjana: Women’s right to life, personal liberty and security are frequently violated in various ways. They face domestic violence, sexual harassment, mental abuse, trafficking, forced prostitution, social, economic and workplace discrimination etc. Many women are denied the right to access to education or even to the most basic health care. They also do not enjoy equal rights with men in terms of inheritance. And the list goes on.

Weekend Plus: What may be their root cause of such problems?
Miti Sanjana: Women’s role in society has been stereotyped for thousands of years. It is very important for every family member to realise the need to liberate the girl child of loaded household chores, which may adversely affect her educational, social and economic development.Every member of the society needs to understand thata woman’s decision making authority, economic empowerment isessentialfor the development of the entire country.Social narrow-mindedness and negative mindset towards women empowerment is certainly the root-cause of all such problems.
 
Weekend Plus: Do you think the existing laws of our country are adequate to protect women's right?
Miti Sanjana: There are many good laws protecting the rights of women and children. We haveDomestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act 2010, The Women and Children Repression Prevention Act 2000, The Dowry Prohibition Act of 1980, Acid Control Act 2002, Acid Crime Prevention Acts 2002 etc. Most importantly our Constitution allows positive discrimination towards women and a lot of laws have been made by way of conferring additional rights to women.
However,only enactment of law is not enough. You certainly need proper implementation of the law and above all a proper mindset.

Weekend Plus: in your view, are these legislations being effectively enforced?
Miti Sanjana: As I have just stated, existing laws are more than sufficient to safeguard women's right and safety. But the lengthy legal procedure, cost, social pressure and lack of co-operation of law enforcing agencies discourage women to invoke their legal rights.

Weekend Plus: What can be done to change this tendency?
Miti Sanjana: Women in our country need to be given a greater level of support and assistance to take part in social and political decision makings. They should be given easy access to effective financial support by the banks and other financial institutions for small and medium enterprise level businesses. Expert advice should be given as to how to manage that fund in order for it to achieve the desired goal. Greater financial independence will invariably require greater access to education and will gradually result into effective participation is decision making is different spheres of life.
Weekend Plus: What does it mean to be an empowered woman?
Miti Sanjana: To me an empowered woman is someone whohas the capacity to participate in the decision-making within the family and has financial independence.  
Weekend Plus: How do you evaluate women empowerment in Bangladesh?
Miti Sanjana: Through the last few decades the social, economic, political, cultural and legal strength of the women have been increasing remarkably.
Whether itis politics, academics, sports, music or adventure, women are proving their worth in every arena. Apart from the top political leaders, there are many women leaders, who are successfully working all over the country. Female garments workers have been contributing significantly to the economic growth of our country as well as reducing poverty rates at a mass level. Breaking all stereotypes,women are standing up as role models not only for women, but also for men transcending the geographical boundaries.

Weekend Plus: Is International Women's Day contributing towards positive change of these circumstances?
Miti Sanjana: International Women’s Day is very significant especially for the developing countries where the rights of women are restricted. We must also celebrate the spirit of the brave women who struggled throughout the centuries in gaining basic rights. It’s a day to remember, reinstate and celebrate all the achievements and contributions of women towards the family, society and to the world. n

0 Comments. Share your thoughts also.
Write a comment
Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Football »

Pietersen eyes South Africa international return


Kevin Pietersen said Wednesday he has not ruled out resurrecting his international career with his native South Africa even though he'll be pushing 40 when he requalifies. The 37-year-old batsman will become eligible to play for the Proteas in 2019 having not been selected for England after being sacked in ...

Editorial »

Havoc from waterlogging, traffic jam in city life


EXPERTS at a seminar on 'Development Options for Dhaka towards 2035' on last Wednesday voiced grave concern over the worsening traffic jam in Dhaka city streets at a time when monsoon downpour and waterlogging have added to create an unimaginable situation with traffic holding in long queues for hours together. ...

Entertainment »

Ileana D`cruz opens up about dealing with being body shamed


Ileana D’Cruz, who bagged the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut (South) in 2006 for her turn in the Telugu drama Devadasu, repeated the feat six years later with her Bollywood debut, Anurag Basu’s acclaimed Barfi! Four years later, the 30-year-old actress, who features in two bigbudget ensemble films this ...

International »

`Brexit lunch` to assess talks progress


AFP, Brussels :Britain and the EU will wrap up four days of tough Brexit talks in Brussels on Thursday with a special lunch between their chief negotiators as major differences emerged on key points.The two sides remain far apart on the exit bill that the EU says Britain must pay ...

International »

Iraqi officer seeks vengeance in Mosul, where killings mount


AP, Mosul, Iraq : For one Iraqi lieutenant, the fight against the Islamic State group in Mosul has been a slow, methodical quest for revenge. For three years, he has hunted for two IS militants from his village who he believes killed his father. Along the way, he has shot to ...

Editorial »

Right kind of arrest for corruption


ANTI-CORRUPTION Commission (ACC) officials on Tuesday arrested the Chief Engineer of Department of Shipping while he was taking bribe at his Motijheel office in the city from an official of a private ship building company for approving the design of a ship. This is no doubt a commendable job for ...

Sports »

Gold medal winner Svetlana Kolesnichenko of Russia poses with her medal during the awarding ceremony of the women's synchronized swimming solo free final free routine of FINA Swimming World Championships 2017 in the City Park in Budapest, Hungary on Wednesday.


City »

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina releasing the fish fry at Ganabhaban lake on the occasion of Jatiya Matsya Saptaha-2017 on Wednesday.


Entertainment »

Jaya gets another award for Bishorjon


Actress Jaya Ahsan   is going to receive National Film Award for her outstanding performance in Zero Degree. Now this lustrous actress has received another accolade for Bishorjon in International Bengali Film Award. The International Bengali Film Award (IBFA) was recently held in San Fransisco, USA where she earned the Best ...

Entertainment »

Mahi pairing up with Mosharraf Karim


Entertainment Desk :Now Mosharraf Karim and Mahiya Mahi are pairing together in a movie. Titled Faltu and directed by Wazed Ali Sumon, Mosharraf and Mahi will be seen together on big screen.Mosharraf Karim is currently in Malaysia. Once he returns the agreement will be signed. The pre-production of the film ...

Editorial »

Save Hajj from money grinding business


HAJJ, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca has lost much of its religious sanctity to become more of a thriving business for grinding money by Hajj agencies and travel agents. Over the recent years syndicates run by people closer to the government are operating the tours in complicit to a section ...

Cricket »

Heather Knight struck in her first over during the Women`s World Cup semi-final between England and South Africa at Bristol on Tuesday.


Cricket »

I am prepared to play any pitch: Mominul


Sports Reporter :Promising cricketer Mominul Haque said, " I am prepared to play any pitch. I am interested to do something well."The Tigers took part in the full-fledged practice session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur and in BCB-NCA Ground in Mirpur on Tuesday. The Tigers are taking ...

International »

Iran says possibility of talks with US still open


AP, New York :Iran's foreign minister said the government has received "contradictory signals" from the Trump administration and doesn't know how to interpret them, but he held open the possibility of talks and improved relations with the United States.In a wide-ranging session at the Council on Foreign Relations, Mohammad Javad ...

International »

US Republicans divided after second healthcare bill collapses


Reuters, Washington :Republicans in the US Congress were in chaos over healthcare legislation after a second attempt to pass a bill in the Senate collapsed late on Monday, with President Donald Trump calling for an outright repeal of Obamacare and others seeking a change in direction toward bipartisanship."Regretfully, it is ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news