Bangladesh has made commendable success in advancing women’s empowerment in the last couple of decades, though more government support is needed to establish a gender equal society
Leading women business leaders and entrepreneurs on Sunday underscored need for women’s active participation in the process of development to achieve gender equality for women’s empowerment in line with the targets set in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
They said Bangladesh has made commendable success in advancing women’s empowerment in the last couple of decades, though more government support is needed to establish a gender equal society.
The Bangladesh Chapter of Entrepreneur Organization (EO), the world’s largest peer-to-peer global network of entrepreneurs organized the summit styled “She Rockers MyEO Women Summit” and “She Rockers MyEO Women SDG Award 2019” at the Hotel Radission Blu in the capital.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen inaugurated the summit as chief guest and Global Chairperson of Entrepreneur Organization (EO), Bubu Andres, joined as guest of Honor.
esident of EO Bangladesh, Farzana Chowdhury, gave the welcome speech at the programme.
The Foreign Minister said Bangladesh is becoming a role model for women’s empowerment in the world under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, as women here are now in leadership positions in every sphere of national and social life.
Describing various far-reaching and wide-ranging measures taken by the government to ensure the holistic empowerment of women, Dr Momen said the Bangladesh government has introduced a gender budget, which is unique in the world.
“Women’s empowerment is one of the ten special initiatives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the progress of which she oversees herself,” Momen said.
“EO Bangladesh is striving to provide a platform for women entrepreneurs which is quite aligned with the Prime Minister’s vision.”
Bubu highly lauded the achievement of Bangladeshi women entrepreneurs and said the country’s women are greatly helping Bangladesh to stay on the right development path.
“Women are leading the world side by side with men and putting their marks of excellence everywhere. But barely do we know about their success and challenges throughout this journey,” she said.
Farzana said women’s empowerment is very important to achieve the country’s desired development goals.
“No change is possible excluding women,” she added. “She Rockers” is an initiative to honor and inspire entrepreneurship of women in Bangladesh as talent must be nurtured: achievements and endeavors must be encouraged,” Farzana said.
Two panel discussions on women’s empowerment and equality of men and women were also held at the program.
At the end of the summit, the EO (Entrepreneurs Organization) Bangladesh chapter conferred awards to 19 Bangladeshi women entrepreneurs in recognition of their contribution to achieve SDG 5 that targets for gender equality and empowering all women.
State minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid attended as chief guest at the ceremony, while former president of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) Rokia Afzal Rahman attended as special guest.
Monique Maissan of EO Shanghai and founder of Waste 2 Wear won the first prize, while Neha Tulsian of EO Gurgaon and founder of NH1 Design was awarded the second prize. Farzana Chowdhury of EO Bangladesh and CEO of Green Delta Insurance won the third prize.
MyEo women SDG awards 2019 nominees were: Kamrun Ahmed, co-founder of bagdoom.com; Zahida Fizza Kabir, executive director of Sajida Foundation; Zareen Mahmud Hossein, founder of Herstory Foundation; Nishat N Hamid, executive director of Shasha Denims Ltd; Mehnaz Tabassum, director of Aviation Information Technology; Neha Tulsian, founder of NH1 Design; Hazel Ortega; Monique Maissan; Kane Pallod; Ashika Mehta; Sohana Sualtana, director of AFC Health Ltd; Farzana Chowdhury, CEO of Green Delta Insurance; Qamrun Nahar Zahir, chairman of Ananta Group; Nusrat Aman, CEO of Ayat Education; Sohana Karim Yusuf, director of Little Steps; Logonika Jain; Syeda Madiha Murshed; Vandana Verman; and Priyanshi Patel.
The EO is a Global business network of more than 13,000 leading entrepreneurs in 58 countries that enables business owners to learn from each other. In 2016, EO Bangladesh started its journey with the country’s leading entrepreneurs.