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Chittagong women contestants want equal authority, allocation


They said women councillors could not fulfil a quarter of their commitments they make to the voters due to discrimination in exercise of power.

Rehena Begum Ranu, who was elected councillor thrice in reserved ward-9, told they had filed a writ petition with the High Court for elimination of discrimination against women councillors.

She said the High Court gave its verdict in 2004 against discrimination between the councillors elected from reserved and general wards.

“But no mayor has implemented the verdict because of their patriarchal attitude,” she added.

Ranu said women councillors were not engaged in important works like cleaning the city and maintenance of road lights.

Zannatul Ferdous Popy, immediate past councillor of reserved ward-11, told “The authority to issue birth certificate has been snatched from women councillors.”

“Nothing can be done, though pledges are always made for empowerment and improvement of lifestyle of women,” she added.

A candidate in the reserved ward-7, Anjuman Ara Begum, said no women councillors were included in important tender committees.

The male councillors even do not want women councillors remain in important standing committees, she added.


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