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RANGPUR, April, 07, 2014 (BSS) - Former Advisor of the Caretaker Government Mahbubul Alam today stressed for developing expertise of the journalists and more objective media reporting on women and gender issues for women empowerment.

He was addressing inaugural ceremony of a daylong journalist training workshop styled "Women's Empowerment in Bangladesh" organised for 50 media workers at Begum Rokeya auditorium of RDRS Bangladesh here as the chief guest.

Voice of America (VoA) in association with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Radio Today jointly organised the workshop moderated by Bangla Service Chief of VoA Roquia Haider.

Deputy Director of the Office of Population, Health, Nutrition and Education of USAID Bangladesh Gregory J Adams introduced the USAID-assisted uplift activities in Bangladesh since its independence with US $ 6 billion assistances so far.

Gender Adviser of USAID Bangladesh Mahmuda Rahman Khan addressed the ceremony as the special guest narrating various activities being conducted with the USAID assistance for development of women and their empowerment.

News Editor of ATN Bangla Shahnaz Munni, Chief Executive of Journalist Training & Reserved Institute Jamil Ahmed and Chief News Editor (News & Current Affairs) of NTV Zahirul Alam delivered presentations on "Status of Women in Media", "Empowerment of Women/State of Women Journalist in Bangladesh" and "Role of Media in Women's Empowerment" respectively as the resource persons.

The resource persons elaborated various women and gender issues, continuous improvement of the women situation and their empowerment, increasing participation of women journalists in the country's mass media and other related issues.

They stressed for improving expertise of the journalists for filing women related news reports properly and suggested for selecting appropriate words while preparing news stories and news-related pictures to uphold the dignity and honour of the women.

In his speech, Mahbubul Alam said the gender gap has been reduced substantially in the country over the past years and the women have been contributing largely in agriculture, economy, business, entrepreneurship and every sector of national life.

The women are now becoming doctors, surgeons, engineers, scientists, army and police officers, pilots, sportspersons, professors, agriculturists, bureaucrats and they are equally contributing to the nation-building activities, he said.

Terming the achievement in women empowerment so far as tremendous, Mahbubul Alam asked all concerned for taking the advancement forward and urged the journalists to write more news stories with objectivity and accuracy on women and gender issues.