Open discussion on women in technological field
"There is no opportunity to make difference between male and female in the working place. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already ensured women's participation in all sectors. Even the responsibility of running the country is at the hands of a woman now. There will be obstruction on the way but no one can prevent the women from advancing towards the zenith. I am sure no one can dare to raise any problem with women in the working place and insist women are problematic in working place after five years," said Science and Technology Minister Yeafesh Osman.
He was talking during an open discussion on 'Women in Technological Field' at the BCS Innovation Center on May 25.
He said: "In the digital Bangladesh, Bangladeshi women didn't confine them just into the boutiques business and medical service rather they won the engineering sector. They have also participated in policy making decision. Those who came in this discussion today, are role models in their sectors. Those who are in this programme now will be the inspiration for the other women in the society. You have to break the trend. You have to come out from this thinking that women can't do anything. Male are never the competitor of the women. Male will help women to make their path easier."
Deputy Minister of Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury was present in the programme as the special guest.
"Women have done excellent improvement in those sectors what no one could imagine even 10 years ago that they would thrive. The current Government is determined to provide the women safety and facilities in their working place. In the light of these factors, women are inspired to work throughout the day and night. From flying the Biman to working in security department, women's participation is significant."
Jalal Ahmed, the executive director of skillful employment investment programme and Luna Shamsuddoha, chairman of Janat Bank Limited and founder of Dohatek New Media spoke on the occasion as special guests. They stressed on the requirements of giving the women support from their family and making the job place a child-friendly.
Bangladesh Open Source Network will operate various activities all over the country in the participation of the women graduate under this programme. Munir Hasan, the general secretary of Bangladesh Open Source Network conducted the open discussion. The programme is jointly organized with Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS). BCS president Shaid-ul-Munir presided over the discussion.
"Women's participation in the IT sector has been increased significantly. Now you get women as the professor of computer science and even you will get huge women studying in IT subject. BCS will help female in participating in the ICT sector," BCB president said.
Farzana Chowdhury, chief executive and the managing director of Green Delta Life Insurance, Dr. Lafifa Jamal, chairperson of the Robotics and mechatronics engineering department of Dhaka University, Dr. Nova Ahmed, assistant professor of North South University, MIT-16 Tamanna Islam Urmee, Samira Zuberi, chief executive of Gigatec Limited and Grameen Phone's general manager Shaila Raman were present as panelist in the open discussion.
Women's slim participation in Ganit Olympiad and role of women education in IT sector is widely discussed in the programme.