The Plenary And Launching of Girls in ICT Day Bangladesh

Jul 1, 2021 | 0 comments

International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated worldwide every year on the fourth Thursday of April. Girls in ICT Day provides an opportunity for girls and young women to see and be exposed to the benefit of ICT in enabling their career and aspiration. To date, over 377,000 girls and young women have taken part in more than 11,400 celebrations of International Girls in ICT Day in 171 countries worldwide.

The Government of Bangladesh is working towards a large number of ICT and Digital technology projects to close the digital gender divide – placing special emphasis on Digital Bangladesh Vision 2021. At the UN digital Cooperation summit, held in September 2020, Prime Minister, H.E. Sheikh Hasina declared Bangladesh’s vision to ensure high-speed internet connectivity to all particularly in connecting the schools by 2030.

The Government of Bangladesh recognises the potential of ICT as a catalyst for economic and social progress particularly for women, girls, persons with disabilities and the vulnerable groups and communities. Women and girls in Bangladesh face major challenges and many of them are not able to benefit from ICT. In order to close the digital gap and to ensure the no one is left behind, Bangladesh is working towards including women and girls in ICT programmes and job opportunities. Using the gender lens, Bangladesh aims to implement gender-equitable ICT access and digital equality for women and girls.

With the goal to bring more women and girls online and to reduce the digital gender gap, the ITU Asia and the Pacific Regional Office, the Alliance of Affordable Internet initiative of the World Wide Web Foundation in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh (the Department of Information and Communications Technology Bangladesh, the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication Bangladesh,  Ministry of Post and Telecommunication of Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, and the Aspire to Innovate (a2i) the Bangladesh government’s flagship digital transformation program, jointly implemented by the ICT Ministry and Cabinet Office with technical support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are organising the Girls in Tech Day Bangladesh 2021 that aims to encourage girls and young woman to pursue studying STEM and to enhance the level of digital skills and raise awareness on meaningful and safe use of ICT.

The celebration will take place in collaboration with the State Ministry of ICT, the Ministry for Women and Children Affairs Bangladesh, the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Bangladesh, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) , University of Dhaka, North South University, Bangalink, Teach for Bangladesh, Women in e-Commerce, e-Worldwide Group, SBK Tech Ventures, Women in Digital, Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), Preneur Lab, and Facebook.

In 2021, the Plenary and launching of Girls in Tech Day celebration in Bangladesh will be conducted virtually at 9:30-13:05 Dhaka time and will be continued with the Girls in Tech Day Bangladesh digital skills training programme in Coding and Cybersecurity that take place after the launching event concluded in the single day on 29 June 2021 starting from 13:30 to 16:35 Dhaka time.

Provisional Agenda

9:30-10:00; Introduction:

Introduction by Moderator Ms. Anju Mangal, Regional Head of Asia and Pacific, Alliance for Affordable Internet, World Wide Web Foundation

Welcoming Remarks:

  • Ms. Atsuko Okuda, Regional Director, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific Bangkok, Thailand

Opening Remarks:

  • H.E. Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, State Minister, ICT Division, Bangladesh

10:00-10:05; Virtual Group Photo Session

10:05-10:40; Session 1: Showcasing the journey of women and girls in tech, ICT and Cybersecurity

The session will share experiences of young leaders and role models in Bangladesh     Learning points from the delegates:

  • Ms. Afifa Abbas, Bangalink – Cybersecurity Expert
  • Ms. Maimuna Ahmad, Founder and CEO Teach for Bangladesh.

10:40-11:00; Session 2: Break-out session – meet and greet/networking

11:00-11:40; Session 3: Women in ICT Leadership

The session is to inspire young female students to understand the opportunities that are offered to them in the ICT and STEM sector by providing opportunities to see and talk with actual examples as the role models for them when they think about their own career life. This session will be a trigger to encourage them to learn more about ICT skills and services.

Moderated by:

  • Ms. Anju Mangal, Regional Head of Asia and Pacific, Alliance for Affordable Internet, World Wide Web Foundation


  • Dr. Lafifa Jamal, Professor of the Department of Robotics and Engineering, University of Dhaka
  • Ms. Sonia Bashir Khan, CEO, SBK Tech Ventures
  • Ms. Achia Nila, Founder and Managing Director, Women in Digital

11:40-12:05; Session 4: Introduction to Generation Connect Asia and the Pacific

A Generation Connect member will introduce the Generation Connect Asia and the Pacific Youth Group and a special remarks also will be delivered by National Youth Coordinator, a2i  to share inspiring insights and experiences on the Youth in Bangladesh.

  • Mr. A. S. M. Humaun Kabir, Bangladesh Open-Source Network (BdOSN) and Generation Connect Asia and the Pacific Youth Member
  • Mr. Vashkar Bhattacharjee, National Consultant – Accessibility, Aspire to Innovate (a2i) Programme, Bangladesh

12:05-12:35; Session 5:  Talking tech – Girls and Women in ICT

Interactive interview/conversation between a girl or young woman in tech and ICT female leader and experts to share experiences and best practice for girls’ and young women’s future career.

Moderated by:

  • Ms. Anju Mangal, Regional Head of Asia and Pacific, Alliance for Affordable Internet, World Wide Web Foundation


  • Ms. Rakhshanda Rukham, Chairperson, Preneur Lab
  • Ms Fahmida Hossain, Chairwoman of Elegant IT, Bangladesh
  • Ms Azwa Nayeem, Chairperson at Alokito Hridoy Foundation, Bangladesh

12:35-13:05; Way forward and next steps

  • Ms. Atsuko Okuda, Regional Director ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
  • Mr. Sudipto Mukerjee, Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bangladesh
  • Ms. Maha Muna, Regional Gender Adviser, UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia
  • Ms. Sabhanaz Rashid Diya, Head of Public Policy, Facebook Bangladesh