BANGLADESH WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY (BWIT) LAUNCHED
Bangladesh Women in Technology (BWIT) has been launched as a Forum for consolidating, developing and enhancing the participation and leadership of women involved as entrepreneurs, corporate executives and Computer Science professionals. Inspired by the national policy initiative of Digital Bangladesh, a need for mobilization and inclusion of these highly qualified professional women is felt essential.
It is believed that a broad Forum constituted on a national basis to effectively voice the needs and aspirations of the rapidly growing women’s community in the field of technology will bring rich dividends. Finally, the Forum would raise the gender parity and participation rate and be a beacon in encouraging and guiding young women into the technology arena contributing to national economic growth while improving the lives of their families.
The first Executive Committee of BWIT comprises of President Luna Shamsuddoha, Chairman, Dohatec New Media; Prof. Dr. Suraiya Parveen, Head, Department of Computer Science, Dhaka University is Vice President from Computer Science Professionals; Sonia Bashir Kabir, Director of Business Development ,South East Asia, Microsoft, is Vice President from Corporate Professionals; Farhana Rahman, CEO & Chairperson, UY Systems Ltd, is the Vice President from Entrepreneurs; Rumesa Hussain, Channel Manager, Dell Bangladesh, is the Treasurer ; the Directors of BWIT are Rubaba Dowla, Head of Services and Mcommerce, Airtel; Naila Chowdhury, Managing Director, Grameen Software Limited; Laura Bonapace-Chowdhury, CEO & Creative Director, Bonapace Associates, Nazneen Kamal, Managing Director, Anupam Infotek Limited; Tuahida Haider Reema, Director, Global Web Outsourcing; the Secretary General is Rezwana Khan, Director & COO, Star Computer Systems Limited and Kamrun Ahmed, Director, e-Generation, is the Joint Secretary.
Among the objectives of the Forum is to enhance the image of the Bangladeshi women in IT; offer to be a platform for skills development to create the appropriate skill sets in women and girls taking up IT as a career; actively work to establish formal and informal networks through the hosting of programs for members and young women in order to connect and access positive role models in the IT field.
BWIT will provide support and information to women involved in IT as well as those entering the IT industry through leadership, education, mentoring, coaching and networking.
The Forum intends to help by promoting its Members in finding skills, support, and information; interacting with the industry; linking to other Members and create own networks; joining or creating groups, networks and collaborate privately; send alerts on business opportunities, events, jobs or product updates. BWIT will seek to meaningfully interact with all contact points of the government relevant to the sector and contribute in the development, proliferation and prosperity. It will at all times strive to be of excellence in every engagement through its rich, enlightened and competent members.
The Membership is open to all women IT business owners or entrepreneurs; IT Professionals or Senior Executives; and Computer Science professionals. There will be three categories of memberships i.e. Entrepreneurs, Professionals and Computer Science Graduates. The entire spectrum will be represented in the organization.
Members may expect to benefit through networking with industry peers – local and international; attend events; be eligible to be nominated to events; add voice to a respected industry network that lobbies for change; participate in internationally-recognized programs; receive publications; mentor and be mentored; sharing challenges with other women; increasing visibility and credibility as a proactive tech individual; volunteering opportunities to join in with the technology community; being a part of the community; promoting equal opportunity; and explore marketing opportunities.