As our Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina emphasizes on women empowerment and promotion of ICT at every sphere of life, we like to reinforce our commitment to achieve the SDGs. We are highly optimistic that we would be able to create a pool of 30,000+ women entrepreneurs under the WIFI Program by 2018. I strongly believe, WIFI program will have a transformative impact on the lives of women entrepreneurs, their families and their communities.’ said Zunaid Ahmed Palak, ICT State Minister at the pre-launching event of Women and ICT Frontier Initiative(WIFI) at the Bangladesh Computer Council(BCC) auditorium today, a press release said Wednesday.
Palak also said, `to embed the ICT skill, our government provided freelancing training to more than 20 thousand women at the union level, the lowest tier of our local government. An advanced level training program is going on to train more women at the Upozela and District level. Besides, we already launched the Mobile Training Bus for the Sustainable Development of Women and by the next 3 years, we’ll train more 2.6 lac women at the outlying area of the country. We’ve initiated the women programming contest under the umbrella of National High School Programming Contest. So, we are prioritizing the promotion of women’s entrepreneurship through enhancing capabilities of women entrepreneurs in ICT as such they can become more productive and their initiative would be sustainable and so, they can actively contribute to community development as well as to the local and national economy.’
Attending as special guest, Australian High Commissioner Julia Niblett said, Women of Bangladesh already engaged themselves in e-Commerce and f-Commerce. They are doing well. Now, Under the WIFI initiative, the industrious and creative women of Bangladesh will go forward by this global initiative and government’s cooperation.
Under the chair of Showpon Kumar Sarker, Executive Secretary of Bangladesh Computer Council(BCC), Subir Kishore Chowdhury, secretary of ICT Division, Deputy country representative of Asia Foundation Sara Taylor, Gender and Partnership specialist of UNDP Melissa Balzan were spoke at the program.
BCC of ICT Division, Bangladesh Women in Technology (BWIT) and Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID) in partnership with UN ESCAP – APCICT as part of their flagship programme for reaching SDG Goal 5 and signed a MoU on 7th December 2017.
To implement the initiative in Bangladesh, already 20 master trainer(Training of the Trainers) got training at the BKIICT of BCC(Bangladesh Computer Council).
The flagship global initiative is already being implemented not only in Bangladesh but also in Philippines, Sri- Lanka, Cambodia, Kazakhstan.