|Digital World 2014 – BWIT Tech Needs Girls: Ensure Meaningful Engagement
a2i Programme of Prime Minister’s Office, SME Foundation and BWIT to develop 3,000 ICT Entrepreneurs in one year with special focus on Women
Digital World 2014 – BWIT Tech Needs Girls: Ensure Meaningful Engagement”
BWIT Technical Session on Tech Needs Girls: Ensure Meaningful Engagement” was held 5 June 2014 at the Digital World 2014. Tech Needs Girls is a call to action worldwide. An announcement was made to develop 3000 ICT Entrepreneurs from all over Bangladesh by a joint program of a2i , BWIT, SME Foundation The global technology trends, business opportunities and growth prospects were deliberated on. The issues that girls and women face and their achievement and possible areas of progress were discussed.
A2I Programme has set up 4547 Union Information and Service Centres (UISCs) at the lowest tier of Local Government Division (LGD) in Union Parishad. Among these, 3775 UISCs have already provided basic computer training to 55,000 men and women of which 25% are women. SME Foundation will access these ICT certified women from UISC and train them in different skills for freelancing like graphics , data entry, web design etc, and prepare them for the outsourcing industry. In the next fiscal year, a2i, SME Foundation and BWIT and will jointly target 3000 men and women targeted to 60% women and 40% men. The Course offered will be designed and tailored to meet the requirement for outsourcing industry, to suit employers and individual's needs in relation to staff development and business improvement. These training solutions will have potential to enhance skills and knowledge, increase motivation and achieve real business benefits. SME Foundation intends to link the trained personnel with Banks for loan services with single digit interest.
A2I Programme has set up 4547 Union Information and Service Centres (UISCs) at the lowest tier of Local Government Division (LGD) in Union Parishad. Among these, 3775 UISCs have already provided basic computer training to 55,000 men and women of which 25% are women. SME Foundation will access these ICT certified women from UISC for their course on freelancing. In the next fiscal year, a2i, SME Foundation and BWIT and will jointly target 3000 men and women where the ratio will be divided as 60% women and 40% men. SME Foundation will also link the trained personnel with Banks for the loan services with single digit interest (9%). Those who would seek employment instead of entrepreneurship will be linked up with companies.
The Session was chaired by Professor Imran Rahman Vice Chancellor of ULAB University. There is global urgency to encourage all stakeholders in the world of ICTs - the Government, Academia, Private Sector, NGO’s — and most importantly, women and girls themselves — to do more to ensure that the female fifty per cent of the population takes full advantage of the opportunities these technologies bring. Chief Guest Mr. Hasan Mazumdar Country Representative Asia Foundation said that women’s participation is imperative with vast opportunity in the Technology world . He spoke on about Asia Foundation’s Program on Connecting Women Entrepreneurs through Innovative Use of Information and Communication Technology” to empower women across the country.
The Keynote was given by Ms. Luna Shamsuddoha, Chair Dohatec & President Bangladesh Women in Technology and Ms. Farhana Rahman, CEO & Chairperson UY Systems Ltd & Vice President, Entrepreneur Bangladesh Women in Technology (BWIT). Guest Speakers Professor Dr. Suraiya Pervin; Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Dhaka & Vice President, Professionals; Bangladesh Women in Technology spoke on technology trends and scope of IICT. Engr. Mujibur Rahman, of SME Foundation spoke on the SME Foundation Programs of Women entrepreneurs on outsourcing. Ms. Suparna Roy, Local development Expert A2I Program, Prime Minister Office spoke on different initiative taken by A2I in connecting rural women. She also pointed skills development initiative taken by A2I on women empowerment.
Former adviser to a Caretaker Government and BFWE President Rokia Afzal Rahman said by empowering themselves, women were helping their families. When success comes, it brings money, cellphones and so on but women have to be careful about misuse of their cellphones, she said. Former adviser caretaker government Rasheda K Chowdhury said technology was like a sharp knife. A criminal would use it to kill someone, while a surgeon would use it to save lives, Shaheen Anam, executive director of Manusher Jonno Foundation, said technology has been recognised as a tool for women empowerment. Women need support from all, including their families, to prevent violence against them. Abul Hossain, project director of Multi-Sectoral Programme on Violence Against Women under the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman assured to organise more discussions and roundtables featuring representatives from different sectors to strengthen social awareness to stop violence against women. Luna Shamsuddoha, President BWIT, Shamima Begum, AIG, Dhaka Metropolotan Police, Women Suport and Investigation Division, Javed Morshed, a cyber crime expert, and Shamima Parveen, senior programme officer, UNFPA, Rubina Farouq, Vice President a spoke at the Event. Speakers at a roundtable reiterated that a collective effort must be taken to stop such violence against women. Munir Hasan gave a comprehensive presentation on violence against women.