The first “Inspiring Women” style event took in Bangladesh on 23rd December 2015. Modelled on the UK campaign, it brought together many successful women from the world of work to talk with over 200 female students from different schools.
The event was hosted by Scholastica, a school in Dhaka, and supported by British Labour MP Tulip Siddiq, who is of Bangladeshi origin and went to Scholastica as a teenager. This ‘speed career networking’ event saw groups of 7-15 students meet in small groups with successful women, to freely ask questions and get honest answers. Every ten minutes, the speakers rotated so the students could hear from six or more different people during the day.
Bangladesh have had an elected female head of state longer than any other country in the world. But for the Bangladesh economy to keep growing, the country needs to make the most of its talented young women: overall, under 60% of women were employed in 2010 compared with almost 90% for men.
Media coverage of the event
Nearly all the coverage was in Bangla, but here a collection of English language articles:
Dhaka Tribune – http://www.dhakatribune.com/feature/2015/dec/24/tomorrows-leaders
Financial Express – http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/12/23/7181
The Daily Star – http://www.thedailystar.net/backpage/have-faith-you-191701
Bangladesh News 24 – http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2015/12/23/stories-about-bangabandhu-inspire-tulip-to-join-politics
Wider international interest
The Education & Employers charity has received considerable international interest in our research, Inspiring the Future and the Inspiring Women campaign. We have responded to invitations to speak in Australia, Canada, the United States, Italy, Denmark, Cyprus, Belgium and Italy. Enquiries have come from over 35 countries as diverse as the Australia, Bangladesh, China, Spain, the UAE, United States and Zambia. We are currently considering how to respond to this interest, share our technology and practical experience of launching free programmes for schools in the UK.
Soft launch of ‘Inspiring Women in China’
A soft launch of Inspiring Women in China took place in October 2015 with the help of the British Council, with a more formal launch planned for Spring 2016.