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#HeForShe for workplace gender ratio

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Bikroy increased its female employee ratio from 29% to 36% in 2016 as part of its commitment to the UN Women-led #HeForShe campaign. Earlier in 2016, the online marketplace was a signatory of the UN Women-initiated solidarity campaign for WEPs to establish gender parity. Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), is a global initiative developed in collaboration between UN Women and the UN Global Compact to raise awareness against gender disparity and leverage women empowerment. Jahanara Alam, Captain, Bangladesh Women’s Cricket Team was invited to head one of the

Bangladesh leads South Asia in WEF gender index

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Bangladesh leads South Asia in the gender equity, successful compared to its neighbouring countries in closing the gender gap, a report says. The country stands 72 among 144 countries in the world in the Global Gender Gap Index 2016 prepared by World Economic Forum. Bangladesh recorded progress in political empowerment gender gap, but the gap on women’s labour force participation and estimated earned income widened, the report says. women-bdIndia, which stands 87 in the index, follows Bangladesh. The two leaders are ...

PM inaugurates ICT project for women development

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the Digital Training Bus project for Sustainable Women Development through ICT. The hon’ble PM inaugurated the project right after inaugurating the three day long ICT event Digital World 2016 at the International Convention City, Basundhara on Thursday. ICT Division of the Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications & Information Technology (MoPT&IT), the country’s second largest telecom operator Robi Axiata Limited and globally leading ICT solution provider Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Limited are going to jointly execute this project, says a press release. Abul Maal Abdul Muhith MP, Finance Minister; Imran Ahmed MP, Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Techno...

Int’l Day of Girl Child observed at British Council

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With an aim to provide an opportunity to build networks with both the British Council and other non-governmental organisations working in the girl child space, to understand the work and challenges around girl child education in Bangladesh, and to discuss where the gender data gaps are, the British Council recently organised a panel discussion at British Council 5 Fuller Road office. The theme of this year’s panel discussion was ‘Girls’ Progress = Goal’s Progress”. During the occasion, participants and speakers discussed how the collection of comprehensive,

10pc quota for women in DCC markets proposed

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A delegation of 3 members from Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BWCCI) led by its President Ms. Selima Ahmad put forwarded some proposals for the development of women entrepreneurs to the Honorable Mayor Mr. Annisul Huq, Dhaka North City Corporation at Nagar Bhaban, Gulshan. The proposals are: 14686077_10154715554948117_1400003517_n-1Allocation of 10% quota for women entrepreneurs in each DCC market.
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Xi to upgrade ties with Bangladesh

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Chinese President Xi Jinping’s groundbreaking visit to Bangladesh this week is expected to raise bilateral relations to new heights and result in investment to boost Bangladesh’s economic growth. The visit, ahead of the eighth BRICS summit in Goa starting Saturday, will be a “milestone,” Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Kong Xuanyou said at a press briefing on Monday in Beijing, the Xinhua News Agency reported, adding that deals would be inked, and that bilateral relations would be strengthened. During his state visit, Xi will meet with President Abdul Hamid, National Assembly Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, and hold talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. “This is the first state visit [to Bangladesh] from a Chinese head of State for the past three decades,” Jiang Jing...