News: Celebration of International Women’s Day at Australian High Commission in Dhaka
Australian High Commissioner Julia Niblett hosted a roundtable discussion on 07 March, 2019 to celebrate the success of Bangladeshi women in non-traditional roles in the engineering, military, police and media sectors. President of BWIT Dr. Lafifa Jamal, Bangladesh’s first female Major General Susane Giti, Additional Deputy Police Commissioner working on countering violent extremism, CTTCU, Mahfuza Liza and Crime-reporting Journalist for Ekattor TV Nadia Sharmeen attended the roundtable discussion. These trailblazing Bangladeshi women highlighted the importance of family support, especially of fathers and male family members, to their success in working in non-traditional fields. The need for inclusive leadership in driving change was considered central to achieving gender equality. High-level support was required, for example, to introduce policies that enable women to seek career advancement and leadership positions, such as maternity leave, flexible working arrangements and work-based child care facilities. The discussion highlighted common threads in the challenges faced by women in Bangladesh and Australia including the need for equal pay for equal work, flexible working arrangements and recognition of caring responsibilities.