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Australia Awards Women in Leadership Network Launched in Bangladesh

The Australia Awards Women in Leadership Network was launched in Bangladesh on 12 March 2016.

Women in Leadership Launch 2016 Women's Day Event

The Network was launched at an event attended by close to 30 women alumni coming from different fields. The highlight of the event was a panel discussion on Education, Women Leaders and Development. The Panel Members, which included Dr Meghna Guhathakurta (Executive Director of the Research Initiatives Bangladesh), Dr Nomita Halder (Private Secretary to the Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh), Ms Sally-Anne Vincent (Deputy Head of Mission, Australian High Commission Dhaka), and Ms Hasne Ara Begum (Program Manager for Gender Justice & Diversity, BRAC), discussed the different forms of women leadership, the challenges that women leaders face, and the role of education in developing women leaders. Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh His Excellency Greg Wilcock also attended the event.

During the event the attendees also made a “Pledge for Parity” in line with the 2016 International Women’s Day celebration.

At present, there are 34 Bangladeshi women awardees studying in Australia, representing 47 per cent of the total number of awardees from Bangladesh. There are at least 545 Australia Awards women alumni, accounting for 45 per cent of total Australia Awards alumni from Bangladesh (N=1,215) registered in the Alumni Online Network. Women alumni in Bangladesh are making important development contributions in the fields of science, policing, engineering, public policy and management, teaching and community development, among others.

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Australia Awards Women in Leadership Network Launched in Bangladesh

The Australia Awards Women in Leadership Network was launched in Bangladesh on 12 March 2016.

Women in Leadership Launch 2016 Women's Day Event

The Network was launched at an event attended by close to 30 women alumni coming from different fields. The highlight of the event was a panel discussion on Education, Women Leaders and Development. The Panel Members, which included Dr Meghna Guhathakurta (Executive Director of the Research Initiatives Bangladesh), Dr Nomita Halder (Private Secretary to the Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh), Ms Sally-Anne Vincent (Deputy Head of Mission, Australian High Commission Dhaka), and Ms Hasne Ara Begum (Program Manager for Gender Justice & Diversity, BRAC), discussed the different forms of women leadership, the challenges that women leaders face, and the role of education in developing women leaders. Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh His Excellency Greg Wilcock also attended the event.

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Blanket distribution marking Australia Day

Australia Awards Alumni Association Bangladesh Warms Dhaka’s Needy to Mark Australia Day

ImageTo mark Australia Day on 26 January, the Australia Awards Alumni Association Bangladesh (A4B) distributed blankets and warm clothes to the underprivileged street dwellers around the Dhaka metropolitan area on 28 January 2014. The association has collected contributions for the initiative from its members and others. The Honorable Australian High Commissioner, Mr Greg Wilcock, handed over a Cheque of BDT 50,000 (fifty thousand) as a matching fund to the initiative of A4B on 22 January 2014. Mr Muhammad Saidur Rahman, chair of the A4B Ad Hoc Committee, accepted it on behalf of the association.

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