Posts tagged ‘Bangladesh’

Be The Change: Shuba and the Cyclone #hwhtw

A great holiday gift idea: Shuba and the Cyclone, a new children’s book that features the creativity of 20 girls who participate in BRAC’s SoFEA (Social and Financial Empowerment of Adolescents) program in Damrai, Bangladesh.  The book follows the adventures of Shuba, a Ganges River dolphin who must find her way home after a cyclone.

20% of sales of Shuba and the Cyclone will automatically be donated to BRAC and an additional 20% of sales will be donated if you enter promo code BRAC at the time of purchase.

Buy it here: http://www.dot-to-dot-books.org/shop/shuba-the-river-dolphin/

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December 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

Webinar: Success Stories in Women’s Economic Empowerment from Bangladesh @CIPEglobal #hwhtw

Calling all women entrepreneurs!  Tomorrow CIPE is hosting a webinar with Selima Ahmad, founder of the Bangladesh Women’s Chamber of Commerce (BWCCI).

“BWCCI provides services to more than 2,500 women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, and has been a leader in advancing policy changes for a women-friendly business environment.

“Ms. Ahmad will share stories of how entrepreneurship is transforming the lives of women in Bangladesh. She will describe her experiences in helping women overcome the obstacles to equal participation in the marketplace, and share lessons on leadership in giving voice to women.”

For more details or to register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/579112454

September 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: “We need to think beyond microenterprise”

More from the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference:

This morning’s panel featured three women with expertise in women’s entrepreneurship efforts, and all of them echoed the same sentiment: For women to move forward, the focus must move from microenterprise to mainstream small and medium businesses – and beyond. 

Selima Ahmad, President and Founder of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, offered a provocative question: “We need to give deep thought to micro entrepreneurs – are they part of the mainstream economy?”  She added, “We need to think beyond microenterprise.”

Mary Schnack of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) agreed: “Women don’t need to be sitting on a dirt floor to need help growing their businesses.”  Women who are already running businesses need additional skills to scale up, she noted.

Gayle Lemmon, author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khanna, identified access to markets and financing as the biggest obstacle to growing women’s businesses.  She noted that in countries where women cannot legally own property, they cannot get financing because they cannot offer collateral.

June 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

Video: “Bangladesh – Renewable Technology Opportunities for Women”

From sister blog SHEenergy: “This video describes a program implemented by the World Bank in Bangladesh to promote women as renewable energy entrepreneurs.”

http://sheenergy.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/video-bangladesh-renewable-technology-opportunities-for-women/

June 20, 2011 at 12:21 pm Leave a comment

Expanding Access to Finance for Health e-Conference: March 29-30

Next Tuesday and Wednesday, the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, and the USAID Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector project (SHOPS) are hosting an online conference on “the use of financial services to strengthen the global health care supply chain”.  

SHOPS is a five-year cooperative agreement focusing on “increasing availability, improving quality, and expanding coverage of essential health products and services in family planning and reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, and other health areas through the private sector.”

Join participants from Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Canada, Côte d’Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar,  Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, the UK, the US, and Zambia (and that’s just who’s signed up so far) in learning about finance in healthcare!

To register for the online conference or learn more: http://www.shopsproject.org/about/announcements/expanding-access-finance-health-e-conference-0?tr=y&auid=8016972

March 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm Leave a comment

LIVE: Bangladesh’s “Impossible” Success Story

Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran an article on Bangladesh’s amazing economic success story.  Not coincidentally, Bangladesh has also made impressive strides in empowering women. Tonight I attended an update at SAIS on “Economic Empowerment and Bangladesh’s Financial Future” from Bangladesh’s Minister of Finance, A.M.A. Muhith, and Atiur Rahman, the Governor of the Bangladesh (Central) Bank.  Among Bangladesh’s other supposedly “impossible” economic accomplishments, the Finance Minister proudly announced that 5,000 new women entrepreneurs had taken out loans in the last quarter to help build their businesses.

I asked him for a few more details on Bangladesh’s efforts to empower women.  He cited “total gender parity in primary and secondary education” and near-parity at the university level.  He also noted women’s political participation – 19% in the national parliament and significant representation in rural union councils.  Most notable was the astounding increase in the female proportion of the country’s labor force – from 7% in the mid-1980s to 38% today!

Not content to rest on Bangladesh’s laurels, the Foreign Minister identified inheritance laws as the next reform target to reach gender equity and continue to pursue Millenium Development Goal 3 (Eliminate gender disparity at all levels .

WSJ: Bangladesh, ‘Basket Case’ No More – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703882404575519330896471058.html

October 7, 2010 at 8:50 pm 1 comment


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