Women Empowerment & E-commerce Industry in Bangladesh

There has been a dramatic growth of women empowerment and E-commerce industry in last couple of years in Bangladesh. A great number of women’s involved themselves into E-commerce business using a couple of online marketplace in Bangladesh.

Let’s dig more about women empowerment and e-commerce industry in Bangladesh!

Women are those who give birth as a mother, take care as a wife and obedient to parents as a daughter. But most often whenever problem arises we give all blames to those mother, wife, daughter.

Aren’t we?

Every single day we are busy with our own work. But have we ever thought about our mother, wife and daughter for a single moment?

No!

What if you think about them and feel guilty for how many times you misbehave with them. What if you have to spend one single day without them and do all the work that they do.

Possible?

Yes, it’s next to impossible. Today we have become successful because of them.”Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong, it’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.”Now-a-days most of the people considers women as entertainment. But not anymore…

Women are now learning to achieve their rights to strengthen their roots.

A woman is entitled to live in dignity and in freedom from want and from fear. Women empowerment is all about encouraging women to make life-effective decisions through the different problem in the society. Women’s empowerment is vital to sustainable development and the realization of human rights for all. Women are unfortified than men for physiological and social reasons to pro-genitive health issues. Pro-genitive health issues represent a major but preventable cause of death and disability for women in developing countries like Bangladesh.

In developing countries, women are generally in charge of protecting water, food, fuel of  overseeing family health and diet. So, they are trying to put into expeditious practice whatever they learn about nutrition maintaining the environment and natural resources. Lucrative inconsistencies persist partly because of working unpaid within families and communities. Most of the illiterate adults in the world are female. Women with high level education are strongly coordinated with both lower infant mortality and lower fertility, as well as with high levels of education and economic opportunity of their children.

Bangladesh has become a role model in women’s empowerment in the past decade and the country is experiencing substantial change in society because of its effort in this deem. The idea of women empowerment and efforts in this area in this area has helped the country to carry a slow progress in gender equality, which helped Bangladesh to secure the first spot in gender equality. As most of the population of Bangladesh is women, their economic participation has increased remarkably.

To tell the truth, national and international policy strategies have also been thrown back in the policy to make sure women’s advancement as a result they have control over their lives and play a dominant role in society as decision makers. The number of working women increased to 18.6 million in 2016-17 from 16.2 million in 2010. Bangladesh secured the 47th position among 144 countries in 2017 as per The Global Gender Gap Report, whereas India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan remain at 108, 109, 111, 124 and 143 positions respectively .

FY19 BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS FOCUSING WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT:

  • Government has initiated 5,292 clubs in 489 Upazilas in 64 districts for building awareness and prevention through training against gender based violence.
  • Steps taken to provide access to information technology to 10 million rural and underprivileged women in 490 Upazilas of 64 districts.
  • Revolving credit facilities of Tk 5000 to Tk15000 per person in 488 upazilas of 64 districts under way to facilitate self-employment of women.
  • Several training courses in a number of trades have been provided to women entrepreneurs through 25 programs financed from operating budget.
  • Steps taken to provide income-generating training to 2,17,440 women at grass root level in 8 divisional and 64 districts and 426 Upazilas.
  • Reserve quota created by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to help increase the number of women in the judiciary, administrative and government jobs, defense and UN peacekeeping missions.
  • To enhance the political, social, administrative and economic empowerment of women by strengthening social acceptance of women’s participation in the workplace by preventing violence against women and ensuring security at workplace.

Society in 1990’s affected music by introducing women empowerment; these songs showed women’s equality to men making a big impact on everyone and women taking control over their sexuality. A major example would be Madonna; she is one of the most famous women in the music industry with songs like “Express yourself”.

Dr. Fahmida Khatun, Executive Director in the Center for Policy Dialogue told- “ The way I see women empowerment is the ability of a woman to actively take part in the decision-making process in the family or in the workplace”. Most women worked in the RMG sector but now it is decreasing. A large number of women work in 85% of informal sectors with less income. they target for getting jobs in such industries that have handsome income by technology based education- said Dr. Fahmida Khatun.

E-commerce is emanating as a strong tool for empowering women for developing countries like Bangladesh. For women as a business person, more often those with small e-commerce business, approaches to ICT can get more information resources and can unfold new communication channels. Also, there are some online marketplaces like Ajkerdeal.com in Bangladesh helping women grow their business and reach more audience. In Bangladesh women are doing business as essential players. The role of women as business person has more remarkable.

 

At UNCTAD E-commerce week 2018, on April 18 there was a held named “E-Commerce and Women Empowerment in Developing Countries”. Bangladesh was the moderator of the fruitful session. Mr. Mostafizur Rahaman Sohel, Convener, BASIS E-commerce Alliance told his experience working with eCommerce industries where mentioning women leadership in encouraged. He told the audience about the role that women have is pivotal. In Bangladesh, there are around 15,000 informal commerce companies which  have now been funded, which women can operate easily from their homes through social media. Women’s inclination towards business ownership in developing countries like Bangladesh is getting disputable “by limited access to education, financial and entrepreneurial opportunities”.

Women empowerment confines as an unavoidable part of country’s overall development.  Without women’s participation in the development program it is next to impossible. The development will always be a dream without the help of women in Bangladesh. E-business is the most easy going option to do business for the women entrepreneurs in developing countries like Bangladesh. In Bangladesh women are very much interested about online business. So, no more delays..government should give more importance in women’s interest for the well-being of  Bangladesh.

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