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Handicrafts can make Rajshahi poor women income-generators

The Financial Express, Rajshahi, 22 June 2017 - Need-based training on handicrafts can be the vital means of making the grassroots women income-generators besides self-reliant.

There should be measures of bringing the underprivileged and disadvantaged women under handicrafts training and incentives for their post-training job.

The observation came in opening session of a week-long non-institutional training on handicrafts in Rajshahi city on Wednesday.

Smrity Mohila Kolyan Sangstha (SMKS), a non-government development organisation, hosted the training.

Department of Youth Development (DYD) supported the event. With SMKS President Advocate Shamsunnahar Mukti in the chair, Youth Development Officers Jahurul Islam and Mukhlesur Rahman, Programme Officer of Department of Women Affairs Shalma Khatun and Trainer Mahfuza Khatun spoke on the occasion.

Main thrust of the training is to make grassroots women income-generators and self-reliant besides expansion and popularisation of the handicrafts goods.

The speakers said handicrafts signify the true craftsmanship of the Bangladeshi artisans. Various artisan communities are scattered throughout the country; communities consisting of people who solely depend on their crafts as a primary source of income.

They underscored the need for more hosting of such type of fair to protect the handicrafts goods from further diminishing. More expansion of investment to the sector is needed for bolstering economic condition of both urban and rural areas together with freeing the society from the vicious circle of poverty.

As the handicrafts sector is labour-intensive so its successful promotion could be the effective means of alleviating poverty, generating employment and thereby accelerating economic growth.

Explaining various aspects of handicrafts towards the region's economic development Advocate Shamsunnahar Mukti said the government should undertake need-based initiatives including time-fitting training and information technology for handicrafts development.

She told the meeting that the training has been organised in order to increase the visibility of handicrafts and preserve and encourage the practice of local artisans.

Meanwhile, speakers at a discussion viewed womenfolk could become the driving force of development if they were imparted technical training on different trades, vocations and proper employment.

They said there is no alternative to build skilled human resources to make the country self-reliant besides economic emancipation. The entrepreneurs should come forward towards establishing small and medium industries in the region to create employment opportunities for regional development, they added.

Rajshahi Women Technical Training Centre (RWTTC) organised the discussion at its conference hall discussing ways and means on how to enhance competency of the women technical students. On the occasion, 21 RWTTC students who got GPA-5 in SSC Vocational Examination in 2017 were accorded reception.

Former Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation AHM Khairuzzaman Liton addressed the meeting as the chief guest with Engr Nazmul Haque, principal of RWTTC, in the chair.

Professor Hassan Azizul Haque, President of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Md Muniruzzaman and social worker Shahin Akter Rainy also spoke.

Khairuzzaman Liton said need-based technical and vocational training along with their post-training employment for the women coming from poor families is very important. He viewed that the persons with technical education can contribute a lot in the country.

"We have no way but to generate more technically and technologically sound women to meet up the social demands as it is being increased gradually," he mentioned.

The industrialists and other entrepreneurs should come forward with positive mentality for their employment. There should be linkage between the RWTTC and industries so that the trained women can get job on priority basis.


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