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Sakhi would like to thank ...
Sakhi would like to thank Ferdous Ara Begum for visiting Sakhi offices to talk about her experiences in the work to advance women's rights and the role of the United Nations (UN) in these efforts.
Throughout her professional career Ms. Begum has worked towards the elimination of discrimination against women and she believes that meaningful change is possible.
It is important for her to see wide-spread incorporation of the gender-oppression perspective within the varied endeavors for equality and justice, such as the work Sakhi does to counter domestic violence.
Ms. Begum is currently a member of the "Treaty for the Rights of Women Convention," which is more formally known as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
She also represents her native Bangladesh on the National Council for Women's Development.
She has worked in various capacities on gender issues.
She has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Grameen Bank and she was the first woman Commissioner of Taxes in Bangladesh, as well as the first woman to lead Bangladesh Television as Director General.
We at Sakhi are honored by her recent visit.
talk focused on CEDAW
's mandate as a watch dog to monitor women's advancement and the progress made by countries that have ratified CEDAW.
agreed, mentioning that she
had witnessed change firsthand during her
tenure as a committee member.
offered a possible solution - as an organization that works on behalf of immigrant women, Sakhi
could present the plight of the women we serve to the countries of their origin.
FERDOUS ARA ...
FERDOUS ARA BEGUMJoint Secretary
art & culture
Ferdous Ara Begum, Additional Secretary of the government and the Director of Grameen Bank inaugurated the exhibition in the evening of the 15th.The exhibition will remain open from 12:00noon to 7:00pm till February 21.Mukta creates her art form taking ideas from images of village women, local flowers, vines, and birds.She uses her technique in making attractive showpieces and utilitarian objects like vases, baskets, table lamps and hand fans.Mukta has obtained her MFA on Ceramic in 1998 from the Dhaka University and so far has had two solo exhibitions on terracotta.She thinks that the art of terracotta should be revived in its sophisticated form and should not be kept within the constraints of just the potters.'We can make beautiful artwork using clay available in our country.I think people should acknowledge that we have this, centuries old tradition of clay art work,' said Mukta. 'I want to revive the tradition and popularise it again among the people of this generation.I want to present it in a contemporary way,' she continued. 'This tradition can also attract art enthusiasts in other countries.'Mukta uses local elements, such as the clay itself, and the colour.She wants to avoid using any sort of foreign elements in her artworks. 'I think the quality of our local material is good enough to make any artwork and in the near future will easily draw the attention of art lovers at home and from abroad.''I work with simple subjects because I want to attract the common viewers, who can relate to my art without difficulty,' Mukta added.The artist has plans to arrange this sort of exhibition in other places of the country so that the people of those places can get a chance to enjoy her creations in clay. 'Artists who like to work with clay in other parts of the country, can make it a popular art, and help in reviving the tradition and make this art form more attractive to others,' she hoped. ^ TOP OF THIS PAGE ^ | MAIN PAGE