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Special project taken to empower women in ICT sector

The government has taken a special project to help create more women entrepreneurs in the country’s thriving ICT sector, providing them with necessary training and some other initial supports.

“The ‘She Power Project’ is designed to create more female entrepreneurs in the ICT sector, which will also be a leap forward in women empowerment,” State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak told BSS.

The project has been developed under the guidance of the ICT division, which is funding also for its implementation across the country,the state minister said.

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Counci (ECNEC) on May 2, 2017 approved the project involving an, mestimated cost of Taka 81.89 crore.

“Initially the project will be implanted from March to Nov this year, but the government has a plan to expand it in future so more women can be involve in the ICT sector,” Palak said.

Briefing the project design, Project Director Solaiman Mondol said initially a total of 10,500 women will be provided with necessary trainings to achieve three primary goals of the project. The goals include creating 4000 women entrepreneurs, developing skill of another 4000 women in providing internet-based services and engaging 2500 women in call centres.

Women aged between 18 and 40, have basic knowledge in ICT and can read and write English, will be eligible for participate in the project. Trainings will be given in 21
upazillas across the country.

The upazillas include Savar of Dhaka, Faridpur Sadar, Tangail Sadar, Jamalpur Sadar, Mymensingh Sadar,
Hathajari of Chittagong, Comilla Sadar (South), Noakhali Sadar, Rangamati Sadar, Sylhet Sadar, Poba of Rajshahi, Pabna Sadar, Bogra Sadar, Naogaon Sadar, Rangpur Sadar, mDinajpur Sadar, Fultola of Khulna, Jessore Sadar, Kushtia Sadar, Barisal Sadar and Patuakhali Sadar.

The project director said currently they are selecting vendors who will be providing trainings to the women. The ninemonth training will start in March after selection of the vendors by February. All the participating women will have to go through a three-month training programme, followed
by two months of internship.

To be entrepreneurs, the women will get training on websites, graphic design, data entry, software development, mobile app development and Google translation. For providing IT services, the women will get training on troubleshooting and repairing laptops and desktop computers, printers and smartphones.

For becoming ‘call center agents’, the women will be given training on document management, database management, document scanning, e-publishing and managing incoming
and outgoing calls.

The participants in all the three training programmes will get internship for two months when they will get a monthly internship allowance of Taka 3000 to 4000 each.

On completion of internships, they will be placed at related local organisations for gathering practical experience before starting their own business.

“The women, who will successfully complete the trainings at all levels in three categories, will be given Taka 20,000 each from the project fund for buying a laptop,” the project
director said.

According to the ICT division, the government so far trained 20,000 women in ICT at union-level under the ‘Learning and Earning Program’ besides providing continuous training to women in hard to reach areas across the country using Mobile ICT Training Bus.

Mahmudul Hasan Raju , 0ct 18. 2019

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