Round Table Discussion on Women in STEM: Perspectives, Challenges & Prospects held Successfully – January 2018

'Round table discussion on women in STEM: Perspectives, Challenges & Prospects' held on 10th of January 2018 at Software Technology Park, Janata Tower, Kawran Bazar in celebration of Computer Science Week. The Honorable Minister for Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Mr. Mustafa Jabbar graced the session as Chief Guest. Around 20 distinguished discussants from Universities, government body, private sector and industry took part in the discussion and explored insightful ways, strategies and the potentials of bringing women in STEM in Bangladesh. The Keynote speaker was Dr. Samina M. Saifuddin, an Assistant Professor of Management, Department of Business Administration, Morgan State University, Baltimore, USA. In her presentation, she mostly presented the results and outcomes of her three studies, among many of working with girls and women in STEM area and shared her insights with the room. Her research finds that one of the biggest challenges of Bangladeshi women face is the lack of family support and encouragement. She is optimistic that upon solving this issue, she said, we can inspire more girls and women in STEM. The Chief Guest advised to ensure an equal participation of women in STEM. He said without involving women in STEM areas, the holistic changes is not possible at all. Luna Shamsuddoha, President BWIT said it is imperative for all to facilitate participation of girls in STEM. No one should be left behind. Dr. Lafifa Jamal, Chairperson, Department of Robotics & Mechatronics Engineering, University of Dhaka-RMEDU, Director BWIT, said days have been changed, we can facilitate education in a fairly distribution, we can elevate girls’ participation in STEM if we get government intervention. Government’s programs also are helping to promote girls and women in STEM. Shahadat Khan, CEO, Sure Cash, Tamanna Motahar, Faculty, North South University, Iffat Kazi, Senior Principal, Engineer, Oracle Corporation, Mike Kazi, CEO, Kazi IT, Mst. Shahnaj Parvin, Chairperson, Department of CSE, Central Women’s University, The session was moderated by Munir Hasan, General Secretary of Bangladesh Open Source Network (BdOSN). 25 media and around 20 audiences were present at this round table discussion.



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