Validation Workshop on Women’s Skill Development for Freelancing Marketplaces Program

The Validation Workshop on “Women’s Skill Development for Freelancing Marketplaces Program” held on August 3, 2022, at the Auditorium (2nd Floor), BRAC Center Inn, Dhaka, Bangladesh, was deemed a resounding success. The workshop saw an impressive turnout, with a diverse and knowledgeable panel of experts consisting of policymakers and practitioners from various sectors, all gathered with a shared commitment to developing an inclusive and sustainable ecosystem for women freelancers in Bangladesh.

The event commenced at 9:30 AM, with a warm welcome extended to all attendees and participants. The organizers from the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) provided an overview of the research findings from the impact evaluation on the freelancing training program conducted by CodersTrust Bangladesh (CTBD). They highlighted the positive impacts observed, particularly on labour market outcomes, emphasizing the potential role of increased female labour market participation in mitigating economic challenges in Bangladesh.

Throughout the event, the focus remained on the significance of women’s empowerment and the promotion of gender equality through accessible opportunities in the freelancing sector. The panel discussions were insightful and engaging, addressing critical issues such as enhancing the inclusivity of the sector, removing barriers to entry, and providing necessary support to help women flourish in the freelancing marketplaces.

The discussions were enriched with real-life experiences and success stories of women who had already benefitted from the training program, showcasing how it had transformed their lives and careers. The event also witnessed inspiring talks from successful female freelancers who shared their journeys and challenges, motivating the participants to pursue their dreams and aspirations fearlessly.

Participants from various organizations, academia, and government bodies actively engaged in the interactive sessions, sharing their perspectives and suggestions for a more inclusive and sustainable ecosystem. The event fostered networking opportunities, enabling stakeholders to connect and explore potential collaborations that could further promote gender-inclusive economic growth.

As the workshop concluded at 1:00 PM, participants left with a renewed sense of commitment to support women’s skill development in freelancing and to advocate for policies that promote gender equality in the workforce. The event’s success was further highlighted during the lunch session, where participants continued their discussions in a more informal and congenial setting. The collective efforts and insights shared during the event will undoubtedly pave the way for a brighter future for women freelancers in the country, contributing to the overall economic empowerment and prosperity of Bangladesh.