Political leaders demand that at least 33 percent of the members of all political party committees should be women.
Both female and male political leaders affiliated with major political parties in Bangladesh pressed their demand at a conference organised by Democracy International on Wednesday, said a press release.
According to article 90B of the Representation of the People Order (RPO), 1972 (amendment 2009), the deadline for political party committees to have at least 33 percent women members is December 31, 2020. This includes a political party's central committee. Unfortunately, Bangladeshi political parties are not even close to meeting this target, said the press release.
Women leaders at the conference recommended that the Bangladesh Election Commission should monitor the implementation of female representation in all political party leadership committees.
The conference was attended by 100 female and male political leaders affiliated with the Bangladesh Awami League, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the Jatiya Party.
The program was organised under the "Narir Joye Shobar Joy (NJSJ)" campaign of the Strengthening Political Landscape project jointly funded by USAID and UK-aid, and implemented by Democracy International.
Through advocacy, capacity building and networking, the NJSJ campaign boasts a growing multiparty network of over 20,000 women leaders across the country. To-date this campaign has helped 5,769 women leaders attain positions in 469 grassroots-level political party committees.