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Bangladesh chairs UN Women-UNESCAP interactive dialogue

  • Published at 10:59 pm March 8th, 2017
  • Last updated at 12:12 am March 9th, 2017
Bangladesh chairs UN Women-UNESCAP interactive dialogue
The UNESCAP and UN Women joint dialogue titled “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030,” chaired by the Bangladesh ambassador to Thailand, was held at UNESCAP, Bangkok on Wednesday afternoon. ‘’Bangladesh is taking a clear lead in Asia and the Pacific region in terms of equipping women with IT skills for the future through the Digital Bangladesh programme of Bangladesh’s visionary woman leader Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” said Saida Muna Tasneem, Bangladesh ambassador to Thailand and permanent representative to UNESCAP. Saida was invited by UNESCAP and UN Women to chair the Asia Pacific Regional Commemoration of International Women’s Day 2017. [caption id="attachment_51274" align="aligncenter" width="800"]body The panel expounded on the need to have women in leadership positions in governmental, corporate and private sectors Courtesy[/caption] Speakers praised Bangladesh and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her role in empowering women economically and politically and for improving Bangladesh’s global economic position. Bangladesh was also praised for being one among the six countries with a female head of government in the Asia-Pacific region. The panel expounded on the need to have women in leadership positions in governmental, corporate and private sectors in order to mentor and inspire other women in the political and economic empowerment pipeline. UNESCAP Executive Secretary Dr Shamshad Akhter, UN Women Regional Director for Asia Pacific Miwa Kato, Ambassador of Canada to Thailand Donica Pottie, ILO Regional Senior Specialist for gender equality Joni Simpson, UN Women Regional Advisor for Economic Empowerment Francois Montiene, Microsoft Thailand’s Director SIRIPORN Pajarawath and CEO of WEDU Mario Ferro also spoke at the event. The dialogue was attended by more than 200 diplomats, members of international organisations and civil society.