Human rights activist Sultana Kamal was the chief guest at the award ceremony
The second edition of the Women’s Mathematics Olympiad was held at Dhaka University (DU) on Thursday. Over 200 female undergraduate students from various public and private universities took part in the event.
The Women’s Mathematics Olympiad Committee and AF Mujibur Rahman Foundation jointly organized the event to celebrate International Women’s Day. The Olympiad was held at the university’s AF Mujibur Rahman Mathematics building.
The top ten participants were given mementos. Aaiyeesha Mostak from the Computer Science and Engineering Department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) won first place.
Human rights activist Sultana Kamal was the chief guest at the award ceremony. She highlighted the history of International Women’s Day and said: “If we look at the history of the recognition of women, we will see that it took a lot of time for the women’s voices to be heard. However, women have managed to gain the same opportunities as men.
“The women of our country are struggling to meet society’s demands. Our society has deprived women of equal rights. Women have to continue their struggle as achieving equality is not an easy task given our social context.”
DU Professor Dr Md Kamal Uddin said: “The participation of women in the work place is not up to the mark. Both men and women have to be equally productive, as 50% of the population of our country are women.”
DU Science Faculty Dean Professor Dr Muhammad Abdul Aziz, Acting Chairman of the Mathematics Department Selina Parvin, Director of Women’s Olympiad Committee Professor Chandra Nath Podder, and AF Mujibur Rahman Foundaion Trusty M Nurul Alam were present at the award ceremony, among others.
While addressing the inaugural session in the morning, former Governor of Bangladesh Bank Professor Dr Atiur Rahman said: “The constitution of Bangladesh is a rare fundamental where women empowerment is emphasized. We have to establish opportunities for them as per our constitution.
“It is an outstanding decision to arrange a Women’s Mathematics Olympiad for the purpose of marking international Women’s Day. To reach the goal of being a developed country by 2041, we need the participation of women in every sector.”