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When Will Attitude towards Women Change?

By Piya Mayenin

Society-made, insurmountable obstacles hinder the progress of gender equality. With one step forward and leaps back the ugly mountain blocks our future unless some real changes are made worldwide. ..Quantitative actions are not turning into qualitative change because of insurmountable obstacles of society. 

 

Why do women have to bang on about Women’s right?  Well, firstly as women they would have experienced inequality and, at some time in their life, they would try to find a reason for those inequalities and solutions. Secondly, the status quo that is harming women, economically and socially has proved to be one that is almost impossible to shift inspite of achievements in equality by society.  Despite achievements of women, worldwide, the inequality mountain stands almost still. In the new era of ‘Trumpism  – when a Man like Donald Trump gets the Presidentship of in the US after making all the despicable comments about women – we need to put down our feet firmly for real quality changes!

Quantitative actions are not turning into qualitative change because of insurmountable obstacles of society. Quantitative changes mean that there are more women working today then say there were in the 1940’s. So does that mean that work around equality by our foremothers is really paying off? Comparators across indicators of qualitative change show that this is not the case. I have put that down, I am sure many many others have too, to a lack of respect for women. This lack of respect, globally, for women is simply from deep rooted ideas of women’s inferior place in society and the economy. This is seen, all over the world, where women are still usually working more and getting paid less than men irrespective of the major global women’s rights treaty that was ratified by the majority of the world’s nations a few decades ago.

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Bangladeshi-British women, including the author of this piece, in East London hold placards against sexual violence against women in 2015. Situation has worsen since. Courtesy: P V Dudman

In the US and pretty much in other western countries, women begun to enter work for many reasons including the rise of wages that made couples see that it is more beneficial for them, deindustrialization and men moving offshore or getting out of work.  Women earned about 60-65 percent of what men earned from the 1950s to the 1980s. After 1980, this began to equalize so that by about 2000, women earned 76 percent of what men did. Since 2000 there hasn’t been much more progress toward equality.

Women still earn less than men for many reasons which are unbelievably discriminatory. One explanation is, for instance, that employers pay people when they have more years of experience, and women’s child rearing breaks make them unsuitable. A report by the Women and Equalities Select Committee concluded last year that responsibility for childcare and the concentration of women in low-paid sectors were key causes of the pay differential. This means that some employers discriminate against women when hiring in higher-paying jobs, leaving the women no choice but to seek lower-paying jobs.

The glass ceiling is broken by a very few women and some when they get there are not very appreciative of feminism. ‘Far from “smashing the glass ceiling“, she was the aberration, the one who got through and then pulled the ladder up right after her, noted the reporter correctly in the Guardian on 9 April 2013.

So women have been given access to enter into a man’s work world only to stretch and fit, and as a result there is no qualitative change. The numerical pointers are not necessarily the indicators of success, while substantive changes are.

A woman now has to juggle working all day in overarching sexist structures and environments and tackle the bulk of housework and childcare after, doubling the stresses she previously had. Here’s another reality: Inequality is glaring when one sees that with most well off couples, the woman having the worse car while the husband flashes the better one. These indicators are evidence that attitudes and mentality have not changed around women although the benefits of their income have been realized by many.

Another achievement globally is where more girls are entering education and even higher education. However appalling safety levels and poor resources of the schools and incidents against women in developing countries do not allow for a real difference for girls.

The Independent in January 2017 has reported that ‘Russian lawmakers are being urged to reject a “dangerous” law that could decriminalise all acts of domestic violence, with the exception of rape and serious bodily harm.’  Let’s not forget that a large percentage of the world refuses to recognise rape within marriage as a criminal offence. In Turkey , for example, a draft law stipulates that men who sexually abuse girls under 18 without “force, threat or any restriction on consent”, and who marry their victim could go free.

Bdnews24 in Bangladesh reported on 27 February this year that ‘Bangladesh Parliament passes law allowing child marriage in “special circumstances”. Prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has defended the law by saying the critics “know nothing about Bangladesh’s social system” and that her government was “making the law considering the ‘realities’ of society”. In Explaining the “special circumstances, the prime minister in Bangladesh who is a woman herself, said:

We’ve fixed the minimum age for girls to marry at 18. But what if any of them becomes pregnant at 12-13 or 14-15 and abortion can’t be done? What will happen to the baby? Will society accept it?

She added then, the girl could go for marriage with her parents’ consent in such circumstances in order to give the baby a “legal status” in society.

New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) have responded correctly, “Accidental or unlawful pregnancy suggests the law could lead to a situation where girls who have been raped are forced to marry their rapists.”

The same Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, promised in the 2014 Girl summit that child marriage will be eradicated by 2024. Bangladesh reports the highest case of child marriage at 66% on girls under the age of 18 getting married and over one third getting married before the age of 15. The recent law has just given for child marriages to rise and also the unintended consent to abuse of children.

Here in the UK, the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) estimates that 8.2% of women and 4.0% of men reported experiencing any type of domestic abuse in the last year and 2.7% of women and 0.7% of men had experienced some form of sexual assault (including attempts) in the last year.  (2017). Two women are killed every week in England and Wales by a current or former partner (Office of National Statistics, 2015)

The Guardian on 5 January, 2016, reported that Women outnumber men in 112 of 180 degree subjects, with females from poorer backgrounds 50% more likely to go to university than their male counterparts.

Papworth Trust in 2016 found that ‘one study shows there is evidence that Indian Asian people are significantly more likely to experience higher rates of disability than Europeans’., quoting Emily D Williams study Ethnic Differences in Disability Prevalence and Their Determinants Studied over a 20-Year Period: A Cohort Study.

This rather depressing state of affairs shows that issues of poverty, race, disability, sexual orientation and gender, amongst many other things, often combine to create a reality of extreme disadvantage for certain groups. Most of the time, these groups are female’, according to the New Statesmen 2013.

The status quo, the place where it is accepted that the poor, the physically weaker and people who are different get it rough, is tough and is so outdated and simply cruel. With regards to women, this is not helped by the large proportion of male banter concerning women around how they look and what they would like to do with them – usually violently when they have an issue with them.

Society-made, insurmountable obstacles hinder the progress of gender equality. With one step forward and leaps back the ugly mountain blocks our future unless some real changes are made worldwide.

UN Women have suggested the strategy for states to come together in working in their economies so that it works for women and equality by making macroeconomic and political changes with women’s development at the centre of it. They say that ‘they would have equal access to opportunities and resources – a good job with equal pay, or access to land – and social protection, which together would provide enough income to support a decent standard of living, from birth to older age. Their life choices would be unconstrained by gender stereotypes, stigma and violence; the paid and unpaid work that women do would be respected and valued; and women would be able to live their lives free from violence and sexual harassment. They would have an equal say in economic decision-making: from having a voice in how time and money are spent in their households; to the ways in which resources are raised and allocated in their national economies; to the broader economic policies set by global institutions.’  In their progress report in 2015 of the world women – 16 ‘Transforming Economics, Realising Rights’, they urge member states:

 To support substantive equality, economic and social policies need to work in tandem. Typically, the role of economic policies is seen primarily in terms of promoting economic growth, while social policies are supposed to address its ‘casualties’ by redressing poverty and disadvantage and reducing inequality. But macroeconomic policies can pursue a broader set of goals, including gender equality and social justice. Conversely, well-designed social policies can enhance macroeconomic growth and post crisis recovery through redistributive measures that increase employment, productivity and aggregate demand.

Let us call for a more equal world this International Women’s Day with the UN Women’s proposals listened to in order to help forge a better working world, a more inclusive, gender equal world. We can only keep trying and urge governments to enact and enforce these policies that would also change attitudes towards women and we can gradually get to see the qualitative change as and when the insurmountable obstacles are removed.

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Protest and Charity Event for Victims of Violence against Religious Minorities

Secular Bangladesh Movement, UK will hold a protest and signature campaign against recent attacks on Hindus and systematic violence against religious minorities in Bangladesh. The protest and petitioning will be followed by a cultural event and fundraiser, which Secular Bangladesh Movement, UK will host in partnership with RadhaRaman Society.  Both events will be held on Sunday 13 November in London, and will be joined by prominent Bengali and Bangladeshi-British cultural activists, music artists and singers.  You are invited to join us and help us to raise awareness against persecution of religious minorities in Bangladesh.
Venue: The Ripple Centre, Ripple Road, BARKING IG11 7FN.
Show starts at: 6pm, ends at 8.30pm on Sunday 13th November.
Tickets will be available on door £10.
Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
All funds raised will go directly to help victims of violence and rape against minority women who deserve justice.
Under the political unrest and increasing extremism in Bangladesh,  women and men of religious minority have been facing unending religious persecution, which is often launched by Islamists and Muslim hardliners.  About a week ago, on Sunday the 30th October, a horrific attack on Hindus was launched in which at least 15 temples and at least 12 pavilions holding Kali Puja were destroyed. In the afternoon of Sunday, several hundred Muslim hardliners carried out the attack after an announcement was made in front of Rail Mosque in Montola area by some local supporters of Jamaat and its radical student unit Islami Chhatra Shibir.  The brutal attack by some 3,000 radical Muslims destroyed at least 12 temples and 100 houses in Nasirnagar area leaving over 100 Hindus injured. Media reports suggest that the local leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami played a key role behind the planned attacks on Hindu houses and temples at Madhabpur in Habiganj on Sunday as a result of the communal attacks in Nasirnagar area of Brahmanbaria over a fake blasphemous post on Facebook.

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Religious persecution following the comments of Minister of animal well-being, who called Hindus as 'malaun'. Source Ajanta Deb Roy

Religious persecution following the comments of Minister of animal well-being, who called Hindus as ‘malaun’. Source: Ajanta Deb Roy

The failing of government to prevent systematic religious persecution is apparent. It has been reported by local media that instead of protecting the people who deserved security, a minister of Bangladesh called Hindus names, as Malaun, which means ‘cursed’. This alleged derogatory comment on Hindus  provoked further violence and followed further attacks on the minority Hindus by extremist Muslims. Although there is no published evidence on whether or not any minister has made such comment, the violence has increased and the many lives of minority people belonging to Hindu religion are at risk.
On Sunday evening cultural activists and Bangladeshi musicians of all religious backgrounds will stand together in one stage to say no to violence and persecution of religious minorities. The protest will be followed by a charity evening of Bengali Music, Poetry and Dance performance to support and raise funding for the victims of ongoing violence in Bangladesh. The event will be performed by prominent musicians, dance-performers, singers including poets and singers Imtiaz Ahmed, Gouri Chowdhury, Sanjoy Dey, Amith Dey, Farzhana Sifat, Laboni Barua, Anushua Paul, Manash Chowdury; musicians Ustad Yusuf Ali Khan and London DC; dancers Sharmishtha Pandit and Shreya Dey; musical groups; Robika, Soyttsen School of Perfoming Arts and Udichi.
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The entertainment will be seasoned with short presentations and speeches by community activists such as Mihir Sarkar, Ansar Ahmed Ullah and Sushanta Das Gupta.  Our aim is to support campaign and raising awareness against persecution of religious minorities in Bangladesh.

Please join us. Stand with the cause this Sunday.
For further information please contact:
Pushpita Gupta, Secular Bangladesh Movement, UK: secularbangladeshmovement@gmail.com, 07737 828922
TM Ahmed Kaysher, Radha Rahman Society:ahmed.kaysher@gmail.com
For news coverage on religious persecution in Bangladesh visit:
Jamaat men fuelled Madhabpur rampage : Dhaka Tribune 03 November, 2016
Video of destruction and attacks in Santal villages  by Muslim-hardliners http://youtu.be/0HFJzFXP7cQ


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Solidarity Vigil for the victims of Dhaka Attack

Community Women’s Blog is horrified and outraged by the terrorist attack that was perpetuated by ISIS in the name of Islam on Friday, the 1st of July, in the capital city of Bangladesh, Dhaka. Words failed us as no word is sufficient to express the brutality of the slaughtering of many innocent and unarmed women and men in Holly Artisan, previously known as a harmonious cafeteria at a (previously) pleasant town Gulshan, Dhaka. We strongly condemn the terrorist attack in the name of religion.

Poster for Sunday's Solidarity Vigil at Trafalgar Square, London. Courtesy Gonojagoron Moncho, UK

Poster for Sunday’s Solidarity Vigil at Trafalgar Square, London. Courtesy Gonojagoron Moncho, UK

We stand in solidarity with the victims of the brutal attack in Gulshan.  Today we will be joining with the UK branch of Gonojagoron Moncho in a rally against religious violence and terrorism at Trafalgar Square, London, in solidarity with the victims of #GulshanAttack.

Time: 6 PM to 7PM
Venue: Trafalgar Square, London
Date: Sunday 3rd July 2016

 

We call upon our readers and well-wishers to join the Solidarity Vigil for Victims in #DhakaAttack. We hope that all conscious humans will join us today.  Please confirm your participation by clicking here https://www.facebook.com/events/246359569082543/

It is time for us to stand united against terrorism that happened across world in the name of religion. It is time to forget all of our faith-based differences. It is time to condemn unreservedly the brutal murders and violence in the name of Islam. No religion is above humanity and human lives.

Let’s stand in solidarity with humanity and victims of inhuman killings that happened in the name of religion.

#StandForDhaka #StandForPeaceandHumanity

Note: All attendees are encouraged to BRING ALONG ELECTRIC CANDLES or A CANDLE WITH A LID. Flowers and placards with your chosen slogans are most welcome.

See you there. #WeAreDhaka


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Feminist Library Summer Benefit

 

When: Saturday, 2 July 2016 from 14:00 to 22:00 (BST)

Where: Feminist Library – 5 Westminster Bridge Rd, London, SE1 7XW – View Map

The Feminist Library is fighting back against its recent eviction threat by organising a Summer Benefit on Saturday 2 July to help raise funds for new premises.

Experience the Feminist Library anew as artists, writers and musicians perform new and old works in spaces, nooks and crannies of the library, including a choral installation, one-to-one performances in a lift, the spectacular launch of the Feminist Library Survival Song and award winning novelist Ali Smith In Conversation. Playing us out will be Ana da Silva and Gina Birch of the legendary Raincoats!

Plus stalls, zines, signed copies of books, food, drink, dancing and a photobooth performance. Book now to avoid disappointment!

Tickets are available on eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/feminist-library-summer-benefit-tickets-25693652406  at different price as it suits you (£5/£12/£20).

We have a limited number of free tickets, for those who cannot afford the low waged ticket price. Please email admin@feministlibrary.co.uk for more details.

Please contact us to enquire about access details for this event.

Save the Library Campaign-Info & Donate: http://feministlibrary.co.uk/support/emergencyfund/


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Invitation to a Fundraising Party for the film Rising Silence

By Pushpita Gupta
You are cordially invited to a Fundraising Iftar Party on Saturday the 25th of June at our house for an urgent film to be made following the lives of 7 Birangona women.  The party is to be held at:
2 BEECH GROVE, HAINAULT , IG6 3 AR
All welcome!
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Birangona means ‘Brave Woman’ and this was the honorific granted to the hundreds of thousands of survivors of the campaign of rape carried out by the Pakistani Army and their local collaborators during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. Please help us make Rising Silence that aspires to give a voice to the survivors of mass rape of Bangladesh in 1971, but it is not about rape – it is about the strength of women who have picked themselves up after facing brutal physical and emotional abuse. It is about their will to survive; honouring their insurmountable courage, and bringing to the forefront a crucial part of a nation’s history that has been for too long ignored, made taboo, and silenced.
The establishment of rape camps during the Liberation War of Bangladesh by the Pakistani army is a hugely sensitive issue, and unfortunately one that the world seems collectively willing to dismiss / overlook – despite the fact that over 200,000 women were systematically raped within a nine-month period. Our film is a testimonial documentary bringing to life the true stories of some of the survivors of these vile rapes and what they have had to endure since.
To know more about the making of the film please go to the link HERE.
So far we have received enormous support and well wishes from people from all walks of life. This film is truly becoming a people’s film, our film. We are the strength to bring this film into light. Please join us and lets raise some funds.
 We sincerely hope that you can come.
Warmest regards,
Pushpita Gupta

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‘Rising Silence’ – A crucial film on the Birangona

A Documentary Film on the Birangona by Komola Collective Needs Urgent Donation 

Rumana Hashem

Birangona means ‘Brave Woman of War’. This was the honourific granted to the hundreds of thousands of survivors of the campaign of rape carried out by the Pakistani Army and their Bengali collaborators in the war of liberation of Bangladesh in 1971. Their individual stories are largely hidden and forgotten by a society in which rape is considered to be a source of shame for the victims like other rape survivors in conflict situations.

RS Artwork (2)In the aftermath of the war these survivors were not only overlooked by the international community but also were silenced by their very own communities in independent Bangladesh. Having endured brutal rape, torture and enforced pregnancies and abortions many women of war were made to return to their villages, communities, families and husbands, but were never allowed to speak about the brutality that they had had to endure for the nation during the war of liberation.

There are thousands of Birangona living in extreme poverty, being rejected by local people for the religious ‘sin’ (zina) and shame of having been raped by Pakistani military. Their children and grandchildren, as eye-witnesses and as generations of rape-survivors, also experienced endless discrimination in a nation-state that was supposed to be secular and progressive. The Director of Komola Collective, Leesa Gazi, notes correctly: ‘with each day that passes, the Birangona of Bangladesh die out, and with them, their stories: stories that contributed to the making of a nation, and stories which we, as part of an international community striving to end sexual violence in conflict, cannot afford to ignore.’

Komola Collective, a London-based theatre and art group, has therefore taken a timely initiative to document the stories of Birangona. They are producing a film, called ‘Rising Silence’ , in partnership with Openvisor, Making Herstory and Jatrik, that aspires to document and preserve the lived experiences of survivors of rape and the narratives of great survivors of brutal abuse: the Women of War – The Birangona.

Other community women’s rights campaigners, including East London-based organisation such as Nari Diganta, provided unwavering support to the initiative and is trying to raise fund for the important film. A panel of experts and women rights campaigners and Nari Diganta members Pushpita Gupta and I have discussed the significance of the film.  Speakers agreed that this film is about the Birangona‘s will to survive and honouring their insurmountable courage. It is a way of bringing a crucial part of a nation’s history – that has been ignored for too long, made taboo and silenced – to the forefront. Above all, it is about documenting the voices of these women and the national reproducers of a nation-state that has 20,000 populations who rarely talk about Birangona.

If readers of this blog can see the significance of the potential film, please donate whatever you can afford. We deeply appreciate your support to make this film happen. Let’s make a history by making a historical film on rape survivors and the ‘women of war’ in a nation that is so proud of its liberation war.

To watch the ‘Rising Silence’ promo film on Birangona click on   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nlm_saJURKY

 


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বেগম রোকেয়ার নারীমুক্তির মশাল আজও বাতিঘরের মত পথ দেখাচ্ছে

Nari Diganta Celebrates Begum Rokeya Dibosh 2014

যুক্তরাজ্যে নারী দিগন্তের উদ্যোগেরোকেয়া দিবসউদযাপন

By Nilufa Yesmin Hasan

নারীমুক্তি আন্দোলনের পথিকৃত বেগম রোকেয়া স্মরণে নারী দিগন্ত গত ৫ ডিসেম্বর শুক্রবার পূর্ব লন্ডনের মন্টিফিউরি সেন্টারে ‘রোকেয়া দিবস’ পালন করেছে। ৯ ডিসেম্বর নারী শিক্ষার অগ্রদূত মহীয়সী নারী বেগম রোকেয়া সাখাওয়াত হোসেনের জন্ম ও মৃত্যুবার্ষিকী। এই দিনটি দীর্ঘদিন যাবৎ ‘রোকেয়া দিবস’ হিসাবে পালিত হয়ে আসছে।

Key note speech by Nilufa Hasan on 5 December 2014.

Key note speech by Nilufa Hasan on 5 December 2014.

সমাজ সচেতন লেখিকা বেগম রোকেয়া ছিলেন নারীদের মুক্তির অগ্রদূত। শিক্ষাকে তিনি হাতিয়ার হিসাবে দেখেছেন। তিনি বুঝেছিলেন কুসংস্কারাচ্ছন্ন, নিরক্ষর ও ধর্মীয় গোঁড়ামী থেকে নারীকে মুক্ত না করে সমাজের অগ্রগতি যেমন সম্ভব নয়, তেমনি নারী স্বাধীনতাও সম্ভব নয়। নারীমুক্তি আন্দোলনের যেই মশাল তিনি প্রজ্জ্বলিত করেছেন তা আজও বাতিঘরের মত আমাদের পথ দেখাচ্ছে।

নারী দিগন্তের সভাপতি শামীমআরা হেনার সভাপতিত্বে অনুষ্ঠিত সভায় বক্তারা বেগম রোকেয়ার কর্মময় জীবন ও তাঁর লেখনীর উপর আলোকপাত করতে গিয়ে বক্তারা উপরোক্ত মন্তব্য করেন। নারী দিগন্তের সাধারন সম্পাদক নাসিমা কাজলের চমৎকার উপস্থাপনায় পরিচালিত সভায় মূল বক্তব্য প্রদান করেন নারী দিগন্তের প্রচার সম্পাদক নিলুফা ইয়াসমীন। উক্ত সভায় আরও বক্তব্য রাখেন নারী নেত্রী রাজিয়া বেগম, ডঃ রুমানা হাশেম,  সংগ্রাম বিষয়ক সম্পাদক জুবাইদা নাসরিন কণা, এবং বাঙালী সাংস্কতিক কর্মী স্বাগুপ্তা তানিয়া।

Nari Diganta's Co-chair Razia Mannan greeted audience and paid tribute to Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain.

Nari Diganta’s Co-chair Razia Mannan greeted audience and paid tribute to Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain.

বক্তারা বলেন, যে যুগে নারী শিক্ষা ছিল নিষিদ্ধ, সে যুগে পর্দার আড়ালে থেকে বেগম রোকেয়া নিজে শিখেছেন এবং সেই শিক্ষা সবার মাঝে ছড়িয়ে দিয়েছেন। তিনি বুঝতে পেরেছিলেন, শিক্ষা এবং অর্থনৈতিক স্বাধীনতা ছাড়া নারী মুক্তি সম্ভব নয়। তিনি স্কুল প্রতিষ্ঠা করেছিলেন এবং বাড়ী বাড়ী গিয়ে স্কুলের জন্য ছাত্রী যোগাড় করেছেন। আধুনিক মনের মানুষ রোকেয়া নারী শিক্ষার জন্য সারাটা জীবন যে সংগ্রাম করেছেন এবং অবদান রেখেছেন, তা সকল বক্তাই শ্রদ্ধার সাথে স্মরণ করেন।

বেগম রোকেয়ার লেখনী সম্পর্কে আলোকপাত করতে গিয়ে বক্তারা বলেন, তাঁর উপন্যাস পদ্মরাগ এবং অন্যান্য বই- রসনা বিলাস, অবরোধবাসিনী, সুলতানার স্বপ্ন- প্রত্যেকটি লেখাতেই আছে নারী জাগরণ ও অমানবিক বৈষম্যমূলক সমাজ ব্যবস্থার শিকার ভাগ্যবিড়ম্বিতা রমনীদের বেদনাদায়ক কাহিনী। তাঁর উপন্যাসের নায়িকা সিদ্দিকার তেজ্যোদৃপ্ত উক্তি বেগম রোকেয়ার নিজস্ব অনুভূতিরই বহিঃপ্রকাশ। বক্তারা আরো বলেন, একশ ৩৪ বছর আগে বেগম রোকেয়া যে শোষণভিত্তিক ও বৈষম্যমূলক সমাজ ব্যবস্থার বিরুদ্ধে লড়েছেন তা আজও বিদ্যমান। তারা আরও বলেন, সকল চ্যালেঞ্জিং পেশায় এমনকি রাষ্ট্রীয় ক্ষমতায় নারী অধিষ্ঠিত হলেও আজও মেয়েরা তাদের ন্যায্য মুজুরী পাচ্ছেনা, কাজের মূল্যায়ন হচ্ছেনা, নির্যাতনের শিকার হচ্ছে। নারী প্রতিনিয়ত ধর্ষণের শিকার হচ্ছে। এখনো ধর্মের দোহাই দিয়ে নারীকে পিছিয়ে রাখার চেষ্টা চলছে। আমরা আজ কথা বলছি একটি সভ্য দেশে বসে, এই পূর্ব লন্ডনেও এই ধরনের অপচেষ্টা আমরা দেখতে পাই।

বেগম রোকেয়া নারীদের কাজের মূল্যায়নের কথা বলেছেন, বাংলাদেশের স্বাধীনতা যুদ্ধে যে সকল নারীরা অস্ত্র হাতে রণাঙ্গনে যুদ্ধ করেছেন, আজও সেইসব নারী মুক্তিযোদ্ধাদের বীরত্বের কথা গুরুত্বের সাথে উল্লেখ করা হয়না। এটাকে দুঃখজনক বলেও সভায় বক্তারা তুলে ধরেন।

আলোচনা পর্ব শেষে নারী দিগন্তের সদস্য নাজ নাঈমের পরিচালনায় শুরু হয় প্রাণবন্ত কুইজ প্রতিযোগিতা। এতে জাকিয়া তাসনিম ঝুমু প্রথম এবং জুবাইদা নাসরিন কণা ও স্বাগুপ্তা তানিয়া যৌথভাবে দ্বিতীয় স্থান অধিকার করেন। তৃতীয় পর্বে নারী দিগন্তের সদস্যরা সাংস্কৃতিক অনুষ্ঠান করেন। এতে গান পরিবেশন করেন মুনজারিন রশীদ সনি, রাজিয়া রহমান, নাসিমা কাজল, কণা, সাঈদা খানম এবং স্বরচিত কবিতা পড়েছেন মেহের আহমেদ। সভাপতি শামীমআরা হেনার বক্তব্যের মাধ্যমে অনুষ্ঠানের সমাপ্তি হয়।