While the Bangladeshi Government emphasized on women empowerment to acquire sustainable economic development, some people come up with an individual capacity to materialize it. Jesmin Jahan Moon is one of these people. A successful business-woman Moon has also established herself as an entrepreneur of the country and decided on helping government achieve its goal and thereby contribute for the betterment of the country.
Moon carved her own niche in the society through hard work. She is now Chairman of June and Zaif group, a company named after her daughter and son. The company operates restaurant businesses as well as Industrial Catering in the city in a professional venture. She was motivated by her husband to get involved in the business. This kind of restaurant business is not a common arena for a Bangladeshi lady to get involved in, but Moon defied the odds to prove women can thrive in any sector if they aspire to.
"This business is the kind that woman are particularly prone to like. They can thrive in it like any other businesses. I don't believe only Education or Training can build woman empowerment, need Personal motivation and most importantly- Family supports," she said.
Her husband was there to her assist her in handling the pros and cons of the business. From what Moon has seen, all women do not have that opportunity which motivated her to help other women in setting a strong foothold in the society.
"When I recruit people I prioritize women. This is because I believe women can manage all matters with ease and with minimal time as she is used to managing her own family. Therefore she knows how to deal with adversities. Most of the cash officers in my office are women," she pointed out.
Born at Khalispur of Khulna, Moon spent her childhood amidst lush green nature which subconsciously imprinted a desire in her mind to be creative in every aspect of life. She was a brilliant student as a child and got scholarships in primary and junior school levels. This proves that she was talented, from a tender age. After completing her HSCs from Jahanabad Cantonment College she got admitted into the Mass Communication and Journalism Department of Dhaka University. After graduation, she did her post graduation from International Masters, a programme named as Noma Scholarship, funded by the Norway Government.
She also worked as a broadcast journalist in now defunct Channel One. However, it wasn't the job which suited her the most for she was destined for bigger things. As a mother of two babies, she has to take proper care of her children. However, she refused to do only that with her life. Her father's aspiration powered her ambition as she recalled the line, "Do something that makes us proud."
She joined her husband in the restaurant business at one point to help him in expanding the business and taking it across the border. She looked forward to a bigger desire, which was introducing Bangladeshi food to the rest of the world.
"It suited me a lot as I can manage all my responsibilities properly apart from just doing business. I can take care of my babies, since I have the freedom. Helping them grow up as good souls is my dream."
"Women can work in any business. It gives her the freedom and opportunity to showcase her talent. Regardless gender, everybody should have the desire to be successful. Anybody can shine in life if he or she is driven by her dream."
"When I see educated women remain as housewives, I feel sad. Everybody has talent and everyone should utilize that talent properly in an attempt to contribute in the country's development."