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Calls for more opportunities, support to bolster women emancipation

Shahnaz Akhter Putul, a woman who rose to popularity as provider of ride-sharing services with her bike, said her beginning was not easy because her family was the first obstacle

Update : 08 Mar 2019, 11:19 PM

Speakers at a program called for stepping up opportunities and support to help women advance in their respective fields.  

The speakers were addressing an event titled ''Executive Panel Discussion on Balance for Better” organized by Long Beach Suits with the Dhaka Tribune as a media partner on occasion of International Women's Day in Dhaka.

The panel of the discussion comprised 11 women who shared their stories of succeeding in their different sectors.   

Dilruba Haider, a program specialist with UN Women, said that women need more space so they can improve in their own sectors compared to their male counterparts.

Shahnaz Akhter Putul, a woman who rose to popularity as provider of ride-sharing services with her bike, said her beginning was not easy because her family was the first obstacle. 

Putul, a mother of two, said a lot of people discouraged her, often casting aspersions on a female driver sharing a bike in a Muslim country. 

"However, despite all odds, I kept moving forward," she said, suggesting that both genders must cooperate in order for the country to grow.

Aqsa Iqbal, who participated in the Young Chef Olympiad (YCO) as a contestant representing Bangladesh and became 24th among 52 countries, said her family did not give her permission for the contest.

Then again, a formidable will to become a chef made her press on, Aqsa said. 

The development also caused her family members to change their perspective, said Aqsa, who is now employed with a renowned hotel in Dhaka. 

Among the speakers were Sharmin Kabir, founder of Wreetu, Nayana Afroz, culinary expert, Sabrina Samad Firozee, founder-chairperson of Samad Fawzia Foundation, Radhika Tabrez, writer, Saima Ahmed Rahin, radio jockey of Jago FM 94.4, Rafat Azmi Khan, owner of Azim's Makeover, Saria Saguaro, visual pop artist and pastry chef.

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