Dhaka, Apr 2 (UNB) - UN Women has launched Innovators against Gender Based Violence competition for young women innovators.
The goal is to give them an opportunity to find innovative solutions to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment, with a specific focus on fighting GBV, said a press release.
Supported by Global Affairs Canada, UN Women is seeking innovators with ground-breaking ideas and solutions to empower women.
The key objective is to support female-led innovations to find new solutions to ensure women and girls are free from violence.
An event was held on Monday at Dhaka University to reach youth, especially young women, with stories of how Bangladeshi women are creating innovative solutions to improve the lives of other women.
Wreetu founder Sharmin Kabir, Female Empowerment Movement founder Zaiba Tahyya, and Tasnim Afroze Tora, CEO of SafeSpace and CFO of Decent Wastepreneurs motivated students and the public with their stories.
The event was also graced by Shoko Ishikawa, UN Women Country Representative; and Dr Syed Ferhat Anwar, Director, IBA-DU; and Trina Oviedo, First Secretary, Global Affairs Canada in Bangladesh.
Ishikawa urged the future business executives to think how they can make the talented female students have equal opportunity to bring out gender equilibrium.
“And this stresses on the point of contextual innovation,” Ishikawa said.
Oviedo said: “We must be innovative and foster innovation in how we work—through our funding mechanisms and by forming new partnerships. We, therefore, further support UN Women’s Innovators Against Gender Based Violence.”
Dr Anwar said that whatever actions businesses take in their enterprises, they need to be cautious about gender equilibrium.
“It is not just about making things look good, we need to be practical and go in-depth so that no women is hurt or further hurt, economically or socially, at all strata of life,” Anwar said.