Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister for ICT, speaking at the Women's Day Celebration event
Women Techmakers powered by Google Developers Group Dhaka and Bangladesh ICT Division organized “International Women’s Day Celebration 2017” on March 8 at the city’s Bangladesh Computer Council auditorium.
EMK Centre and Bikroy, the largest marketplace of Bangladesh were the partner and associate partner of the event. Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister, Bangladesh ICT Division was the Chief Guest during the event.
Google powered Women Techmakers is a community lead by women tech professionals and students worldwide. Till date, it has organized more than 40 successful events including various seminars, workshops and hackathons reaching over 10k+ women around the country. This year it has organized several events to reach women from 20 universities across Bangladesh.
Susanta Kumar Saha, Additional Secretary at Bangladesh ICT Division; Rakhshanda Rukham, Lead at Women Techmakers Bangladesh; Maliha Malek Quadir, Managing Director at Shohoz.com; Arif Nezami, CEO at PreneurLab; Farhana A Rahman, Vice President at Bangladesh Association of Software & Information Services (BASIS); Mariam Ispahani, Chief Executive Officer at Saaze Corporation; Naz Hussain, Director, Customer Care at Bikroy; Warda Rihab, Manipuri dance teacher at Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Lafifa Jamal, Chairperson at Department of Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Dhaka were among the panel speakers during the event. The event aimed to promote an environment of inclusivity for women in technology, as well as to celebrate the women leading the industry.
“At Bikroy, we endeavor to create an inclusive and friendly work environment for women,” said Naz Hussain Director, Bikroy, “and as part of the #heforshe movement, we’ve pledged to a 40-60 female-male ratio by the end of the year. We have also created Moner Janala, a forum for women in the organization to voice their issues to women leaders within Bikroy, and created a safer work environment for women by instituting mandatory gender-sensitivity training and providing late-night transportation for female employees.”