Core Problems Identified for Addressing through Women’s Innovation Camp

May 28, 2016

Access to Information (a2i) Programme of the Prime Minister’s Office and the UNDP’s “Accelerating Efforts to Prevent and Respond to Sexual and Gender Based Violence” project have jointly organized a roundtable discussion on problem statement analysis for Women’s Innovation Camp. The discussion held on 28 May 2016, in the conference room of BCS Administration Academy. The programme was chaired by Secretary of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs Ms. Nasima Begum ndc. UNDP Bangladesh Country Director Ms. Pauline Tamesis was also present as the Guest of Honor.

The government is undertaking numerous significant initiatives to address issues to do with gender empowerment, gender parity and equal opportunities. In accordance with this, a “Women’s Innovation Camp” will take place very soon where solutions would be called for from female university students on problems affecting women in different walks of life like: 1) youth, 2) garments workers, 3) female professionals in cities, 4) female entrepreneurs, 5) female university students, 6) maids, and 7) female migrants.

The purpose of this roundtable discussion included identifying and analyzing the major problems. Among the participants were gender based experts who added value to the discussion with their research findings, experience and opinions. The honorable secretary expressed her gratitude to the a2i Programme for arranging such an event and she hoped that the participating students would be able to come up with innovative and implementable solutions to these major problems. When launched, the way to participate in this competition would be to form 3-member teams and submit the proposed solutions online via the official website of the a2i Program.

Among others, the program was attended by representatives from the 7 focus groups, gender based experts, and officers from the Prime Minister’s Office, the UNDP and the USAID, and media representatives.

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