Norway's Ambassador to Bangladesh, H.E. Ms. Merete Lundemo, raising the Bangladeshi flag on the occasion of BMP's National Council Meeting 2014. By the other flagstaff is BMP Secretary of Organisation, Rakhi Das, President Ayesha Khanam and General Secretary Maleka Banu. Photo: BMP
The Norwegian Ambassador attends the Inaugural Session of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad’s National Council Meeting 2014
Last updated: 26.11.2014 //
On November 14th 2014, the Norwegian Ambassador to Bangladesh, Ms. Merete Lundemo, attended the inaugural session of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad’s National Council Meeting 2014, titled “Challenge Of the 21st Century: Efficient, Ideal & Volunteer Organizer”. As Special Guest, Ambassador Lundemo congratulated all the BMP volunteers on their important work and achievements, and expressed continued support for the organization’s unabated struggle in Bangladesh to promote women's rights, gender equality and zero-tolerance for violence against women.
Norway signed its first agreement with Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) in 1996. Today, this voluntary, non-partisan and member-based civil society organization is one of Norway’s longest-standing partners in Bangladesh.
Addressing the 500 representatives from all over the country who had convened for the event, Ambassador Lundemo stressed that the most important agents of change and progress in any society are women who organize, mobilize, and share knowledge and resources to challenge and overcome discrimination. Drawing a parallel to her own country, the Ambassador emphasized that full participation of both women and men in the creation of values has been the key to making Norway prosperous. According to her, the same formula, enabled by true gender equality, will yield the same result in Bangladesh. With that message, Ambassador Lundemo urged the BMP members present at the National Council Meeting 2014 to continue, with undiminished strength, their combined grassroots and high profile activism to achieve a violence free society where women and men enjoy equal respect and opportunities.