Hasina urges world leaders to stop global warfare

Women and children are the biggest victims of war and conflict, she said

Staff Correspondentbdnews24.com
Published : 17 Oct 2023, 11:06 AM
Updated : 17 Oct 2023, 11:06 AM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called on world leaders to abandon the culture of conflict and put an end to global warfare.

The prime minister expressed her concerns amid flaring tensions in the Middle East, with the conflict between Israel and Palestine coming to a head once more.

"We can see wars breaking out across the globe. The Ukraine-Russia war was already ongoing when the Israel-Palestine conflict emerged. More than half of Palestine has been occupied. We don't want such wars," she said during an event following the inauguration of Joyeeta Tower on Tuesday.

"I urge world leaders, not as a woman leader or prime minister, but as a mother to stop the proliferation of arms and bring an end to warfare. It is our women and children who suffer most when war breaks out. My father was imprisoned during the war. We were also in captivity."

Hasina also highlighted the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic sanctions stemming from the Russia-Ukraine conflict, which have led to increased commodity prices in the global market.

While Bangladesh is self-sufficient in rice production, it relies on imports for wheat, sugar, lentils, edible oil, fuel, gas, and other essential items. The rising shipping costs have contributed to overall inflation.

Hasina encouraged women to engage in vegetable farming and tree planting on available land. She stressed the importance of ensuring food security and economic independence for Bangladesh.

"Our women should be economically independent. We hope they won't have to fight for their rights but can earn their rights through hard work and knowledge," she said.