BIGD, UNDP and UN Women
BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University, UNDP and UN Women jointly organized a consultation meeting with Policy bodies from the ministries of GoB on April 27, 2016 at the UNDP Bangladesh Office, Dhaka. The meeting was arranged as a part of the ongoing research “Evidence Based Foundation of Women’s Economic Empowerment-Opportunity Analysis: Policy” conducted by BIGD for UNDP and UN Women.
The objective of the consultation was to contribute to the study on identification of policy opportunities to promote women’s economic empowerment through review and critique of the existing policy provisions, their implementation and also identification of policy gaps that could further facilitate women’s economic empowerment.
Ms. Pauline Tamesis, Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh welcomed the guests. Palash Kanti Das, Assistant Country Director and Head of Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Growth, UNDP Bangladesh, chaired the meeting. Maheen Sultan, Visiting Fellow, BIGD moderated the session. Ferdousi Sultana Begum, Team Leader of the Study and Consultant at BIGD delivered a presentation on the Methodology and Preliminary findings of the study. Followed by the presentation, the participants provided their observations, inputs and feedback on existing policies, gaps and opportunities.
The participants at the meeting included representatives from Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (Joint Secretary), Ministry of Industries (joint secretary), Ministry of Expatriates and Overseas Employment (Deputy Chief), Ministry of Education (Joint Secretary), Ministry of Agriculture (Deputy Secretary), Ministry of Commerce (Joint secretary), ICT Division (deputy Secretary), Ministry of Labour (Joint Secretary), Local Government Division (Additional Secretary), Microfinance Regulatory Authority (Deputy Director), Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges (joint Secretary). Among others, BIGD Research team of the study were also present at the meeting.