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International Women's Day 2023

On March 8, 2023, Swisscontact marked International Women's Day with a special event at its Bangladesh country office in Dhaka. The event, hosted by multiple gender focal from various projects, aimed to celebrate women's achievements and raise awareness of gender inequality.

The event began with an address on the purpose, theme, and significance of the occasion. The theme of International Women's Day 2023 was #EmbraceEquity, which aimed to get the world talking about the need for equitable action beyond equal opportunities.

Swisscontact Bangladesh's Country Director, Mujibul Hasan, emphasized the importance of gender equity and shared statistics showcasing how diversity in any organisation increases its efficiency and growth. He also presented the current employment ratio within Swisscontact Bangladesh and highlighted the achievement of having a 50-50 ratio of Team Leaders representing projects. He encouraged everyone to address inequality and embrace equity within the organisation and their personal lives.

Manish Pandey, the Regional Director, emphasised the importance of equality and the vital role that women play in society. He highlighted that the concept of equity is often forgotten in the hustle and bustle of daily life. He shared his thoughts on how to embrace equity from project conception to implementation, as well as how to ensure it in our daily lives.

After the speeches, participants engaged in a series of activities that aimed to sensitise them about discrimination and inequality towards women. The activities were designed to involve both men and women, and the participants were asked to form gender-balanced groups of ten for the first activity. The team that completed the task the fastest would win. The groups were then asked to discuss persisting gender stereotypical notions associated with women and come up with an "ALTHOUGH/BUT" statement. The final activity required teams to come up with a statement on how they can practice equity together as a team. The activities were timed, and the winner was presented with exciting gifts.

The event concluded with participants asked to write one word related to equity that was important to them on a dedicated wall. Swisscontact's Women's Day event was a significant success, providing a platform to celebrate women's achievements and raise awareness of the gender gap. The event highlighted Swisscontact's commitment to promoting gender equity and empowering women.

International Men's Day 2022

Swisscontact Bangladesh organised an outdoor event at the office garden area on November 20, 2022, from 03:00 p.m. to celebrate International Men’s Day 2022. This year the theme was "Helping Men and Boys". The program focused on the mental wellbeing of men and boys.

The whole event was segmented into three parts. In the first segment, Anika Parvez, HR Specialist and Sultana Jahan, Officer - Intervention and Communication, BMMDP, led a dynamic warm-up session, involving all the employees present, on Breaking Social Stereotypes. The exercises of the warm-up session were designed to send two strong messages. First message was that it is okay for men to cry. Second message was men can talk about their feelings.

The second segment was an awareness act that was centred on men's mental health, how they covertly suffer throughout their lives, and how it affects them. The following employees performed in the act “Men are also human being”:

  • Fahim Shahriar, Officer - Monitoring and Results Measurement, PRABRIDDHI
  • Tahmina Islam Sadia, Officer - Monitoring and Results Measurement, M4C
  • Fazle Razik, Team Leader, ASTHA
  • Monish Harendra Roy, Intern, Portfolio Development
  • Masud Parvej, Support Staff
  • Humaira Ferdous Shifa, Communications Officer, M4C

The play was produced and directed by Tahrima Ahmed Trishna, Senior Officer - Public Sector Engagement, M4C. The event was organised and hosted by Tahrima Ahmed Trishna and Pritam Azra Hasan, Sr. Officer – Communication and Portfolio Development.

The play had three interconnected scenarios that vividly depicted the home and professional life of a man. The first scene showed how men need to be at the forefront of all external communications due to society's structure, and how they are thrown into the role of the pillar of the household taking away the scope of vulnerabilities that humans are allowed to have.  This act also had a powerful message that men too have the freedom to show emotions and be vulnerable. The second scenario focused on societal practices, especially in countries like Bangladesh, where it is imposed that men’s only duty is to earn. In this scenario, a man gets bullied at work by both male and female co-workers for expressing his need to take paternal leave to fulfil his role as a father and husband. The final scenario, on the other hand, showed a father trying to shatter the stereotypes of society and let his son to become a human before becoming a man, breaking the toxic cycle.

Mujibul Hasan, Country Director of Swisscontact Bangladesh, gave the closing speech. To make it more interactive, the asked open-ended questions regarding International Men’s Day where many of the present employees took part and shared their perspectives. Furthermore, he encouraged the men to add the colour Pink as dress code beside the official colour Blue. This was done with the intention of eradicating social stigma and enabling men to embrace all facets of who they are in order to lead more liberated lives.

Gala Night, 2022

Swisscontact hosted a Gala Night to celebrate an evening with Philippe Schneuwly, CEO of Swisscontact, Manish Pandey, Director- South Asia and all staff of Swisscontact Bangladesh on 18th of October, at Lakeshore La Vita Hall. The event was hosted by Zarif Enam, Manager-Interventions, Sarathi and Nowsheen Sharmila, Coordinator – M&E and Knowledge Management, Digitalization of Border Procedures at Bhomra Land Port.

Mujibul Hasan, Country Director of Swisscontact Bangladesh, inaugurated the event by sharing his gratitude towards the employees and by announcing the success of Swisscontact Bangladesh. He then invited Philippe Schneuwly to share few words. Philippe briefly shared the Swisscontact’s strategy 2028 with the colleagues of Bangladesh and shared his appreciation towards the diversity of the Swisscontact Bangladesh’s portfolio.

The event was then graced with the folk songs of Chandana Majumdar, one of Bangladesh's best folk singers. In addition to the music, the Nritya Lok Cultural Center presented a dance performance titled "Beautiful Bangladesh," which commemorated Bangladesh's beautiful, multidimensional culture.

The event came to an end with a heartwarming speech from Manish Pandey where he shared his experience working with Swisscontact Bangladesh and his belief that “Bangladesh is a land of possibilities”. He also thanked Philippe for his presence and highlighted Strategy 2028.

The evening ended with dinner arrangements. The overall event was organised by Rokhsana Binte Islam, Officer – Admin and Logistics, Swisscontact Bangladesh and Pritam Azra Hasan, Sr. Officer – Communication and Portfolio Development, Swisscontact Bangladesh.

Football Tournament, 2022

Swisscontact Bangladesh participated in the 15th Ascent Corporate Football Tournament held at STM Hall, Scholastica, Uttara from August 11 to August 20, 2022. This annual sporting event has been termed by the media as one of the largest amateur events of the country with over 600 Corporate Houses participating over a decade now and over thousands of corporate professionals playing the much-loved game of football.  Every summer for a week, executives ranging from entry level to the Managing Director or CEO come together in a fraternal bonding to play a shortened form of football with 5 in a side, the games are 10 minutes each half and it allows both genders to enjoy the game, get in some recreational time, bond with teammates, and sharpen their competitive edge.

This year, Swisscontact participated in the celebrated sporting event of the corporate world of Bangladesh for the third time. The team showed incredible mettle and unity in reaching to the knock-out stage (Quarter-Final) of the Plate tournament after competing hard in the group stage. Swisscontact started the group stage with a hard-fought battle against 3 times champion Gemcon group losing the match at 6-0.

The team turned around in the second group stage match against newcomer ISSL with a thrashing victory for 8-1. Md. Arafat Hossain scored six (6) goals in the match registering highest goal in a match of the tournament by an individual.  Next in the plate pre-qualifier, Swisscontact beat Elite Force in a seesaw match of 4-2. The counterattacking match was deadlocked at 2-2 in the halftime whilst Swisscontact was the swifter team in the second half in winning the match and moving into the next round of plate championship. 

In the plate pre-quarter-final, Swisscontact faced a formidable side of City Bank where Swisscontact equalized at the last minute of the regular time to make it 1-1 in this knock-out match. Whereas Swisscontact Country Director and veteran goalkeeper Mujibul Hassan gave his all out, saved two penalties and scored the penultimate goal in the tiebreaker to take his team to a historic Plate Quarter Final stage for Swisscontact.

At the end, Swisscontact got knocked out in the Plate quarter final by the garment giant Beximco Textiles with a fighting score of 5-1. Captain Sujayet Kabir scored the consolation goal as valiant effort of Swisscontact in the tournament came to an end with the match.

On top of the sporting results, the participation in the tournament worked towards developing team bonding, sporting spirit and positive celebratory attitude among the Swisscontact players and supporters.

Family Day, 2022

Swisscontact Bangladesh hosted a Family Day event on 20th of May at the new Swisscontact Bangladesh office garden. The event marked the first in-person gathering after the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this event was to celebrate the employees of Swisscontact who has been working in Swisscontact for more than 10 years as well as to give employees and their families an opportunity to bond.

The event was hosted by Projna Dasgupta, Communications Officer, Uttoron and Sukanta Saha, Senior Manager - Business Administration, M4C. The event started with a warm welcome from the hosts and the country director once majority of the employees gathered in the garden with their family members. Later the evening was embraced with employees and their family members performing music, reciting poems and dancing.

International Women's Day 2022

This year, Swisscontact Bangladesh kicked off the celebrations of International Women's Day 2022 through a series of activities. On 8th March, 2022, the organisation commenced the Women’s Day festivities by giving every staff, both men and women, a three-layered Lucky Bamboo Plant along with a customised greeting card. As part of the activities, Swisscontact Bangladesh staffs were also invited to make a pledge to self-reflect to address unexamined biases and to challenge gender discrimination via KudoBoard. Following the COVID-19 protocol and in line with the 2022 theme “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”, Swisscontact Bangladesh organised an online event for internal staff on March 16, 2022. The objective of the event was to enable the Swisscontact Bangladesh staff to identify, understand and actively attempt to #BreakTheBias. The event was hosted by Zarif Enam, Manager-Interventions, Sarathi. The event started with a briefing on Swisscontact's Gender and Social Inclusion Policy and Practices, presented by Helal Hussain, Swisscontact's Head of Portfolio and Gender Focal for South Asia.

Later, Mahiratul Jannat, Coordinator, Gender, Labour Rights and Decent Work, B-SkillFUL Programme moderated an interactive session on commonly practiced gender biases. The definition of bias, types of bias, and common types of gender biases that women face on a daily basis in the workplace were the main discussion points. To make it fun and more interesting, Swisscontact Bangladesh colleagues also performed live dramas to demonstrate how deeply ingrained gender biases are and how they would respond to such scenarios. Live dramas such as these not only sensitised the audience, but also created awareness among colleagues about how unconsciously they practice biases. Following each live drama, the audience was given the opportunity to ask questions and share any relevant experiences. A few colleagues shared the gender biases that they faced in their family, workplace, and educational institutions. After the interactive session, a quiz contest was held to keep participants interested and test their knowledge and learning from the event regarding the different types of gender bias. Lastly, the celebration of International Women’s Day ended by sharing the e-learning modules on gender sensitisation designed by Swisscontact Global Gender Advisor for all the staff in Swisscontact Bangladesh. This event is expected to foster a culture in Swisscontact Bangladesh in which everyone is aware of their biases, particularly their unconscious biases, and takes action to address them.

International Men's Day 2021

Since Swisscontact believes in creating equal opportunities regardless of gender, the organisation also puts emphasis on celebrating contributions of both. For International Men’s Day 2021, Swisscontact Bangladesh organised a virtual panel discussion that highlighted perspectives, not only across genders, but also generations to provide a clear idea of where we currently stand and the roadmap towards achieving better relations between men and women.

People often misinterpret the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 5, “Gender Equality”. Where “Equal” should represent fairness to both genders. Stereotypical beliefs such as - “Men don’t require a special day, every day is men’s day.”, often leaves men feeling like their contributions are being overlooked. “International Men’s Day” is not only celebrated to acknowledge men’s contribution but also to establish true equality across genders. It’s important to identify that it’s not just women who are struggling against patriarchy, toxic masculinity etc. but also men who must live their whole lives without being able to truly be themselves.

Hence, as a preacher of equality, Swisscontact Bangladesh took the opportunity of arranging a virtual panel discussion on “International Men’s Day 2021” to discuss topics such as impact of patriarchy on men, consequences of toxic masculinity (especially on mental wellbeing), evolution of expectations from men across generations, role of media (movies, music etc.), traits required to promote gender equality etc. The panel consisted of 5 members: Monoj Kumar Roy - Senior Advisor for Digitalisation of Bhomra Land Port, Fazle Razik - Team Leader of ASTHA, Bipasha Hossain - Senior Technical Advisor for Portfolio and Communication, Makbul Hossain - Senior Manager of Partnership & Strategy for B-SkillFUL Phase II and Tanzila Shawkat Ira - Sector Officer for B-SkillFUL Phase II. The panel was arranged in a way so that each of the panel members had something different to bring to table. The whole discussion was moderated by Mohammad Sakib Khaled – Coordinator for Portfolio Development, who successfully guided the whole discussion in a manner that not only provided each panelist to participate effectively but also to engage contrasting perspectives to make the discussion fruitful and relevant for all. Projna Dasgupta – Communications Officer for Uttoron, Sayedul Arefin – Field Research Supervisor for Shujola and Sharmin Akter Shakila – Senior Officer KCMA for PRABRIDDHI created an impactful video highlighting the main aspects of the International Men's Day. Pritam Azra Hassan – Officer for Portfolio Development coordinated the event with active participation from Waseka Nourin – Communications Consultant for Sarathi, and the overall communications team of Swisscontact Bangladesh.

The aim of the discussion was to instigate self-analysis and initiate further discussions that would act as a guide towards a future where both men and women and treated as equal. In reflection of the insightful discussion, Mujibul Hasan, the Country Director of Swisscontact Bangladesh said,” The more you study history, you will realize that the equality we experience today was not given by society automatically. Both men and women had to put a lot of effort for us to be able to discuss these liberal thoughts today. But I believe from a personal, family, and societal perspective, we still have miles to go.”. Which signifies that even though change takes a significant amount of time and effort, it is certainly possible.

Competition on Project Idea Submission 2021 

Swisscontact Bangladesh organised an internal competition on project idea submission on August 12, 2021. With a total participation of over 15 ideas, only 8 ideas made it to the presentation round. In the presentation round, the 8 selected candidates explained the feasibility, scope and thematic area of their ideas. The Country Director, Head of Portfolio and Portfolio Development Coordinator, after careful consideration, have awarded the top 4 ideas. The idea that took the first position was from Tahmina Islam Sadia, Jr. Officer – Administration, the second idea was from Asaf Ud Daula Ashik, Monitoring and Results Measurement Consultant – M4C, and the third ideas were from Shariful Islam Chowdhury, Sr. Monitoring and Results Measurement Officer - Sarathi and Gunjan Mathur, Partnership and Innovation Associate, ASTHA. To celebrate this joyous achievements, Swisscontact Bangladesh invited these innovative incumbents for a dinner with the Mujibul Hasan, Country Director, and Helal Hussain, Head of Portfolio. The event was organised by Mohammad Sakib Khaled, Portfolio Development Coordinator and Pritam Azra Hassan, Portfolio Development Officer.

Introductory Workshop on "An Introduction to Inclusive Systems Development (ISD) Approach" 2021

Inclusive Systems Development (ISD) is an increasingly popular development approach that calls for an in-depth analysis of the “system” to identify the root causes of problems and addressing the underlying market constraints through a facilitative approach, ensuring sustainability and scalability of development solutions. Swisscontact is one of the pioneers of this approach as ISD principles guide our actions in the design and delivery of interventions and is being promoted across all projects and mainstreamed across the organisation.

Understanding the potential to help Swisscontact colleagues develop a “systems thinking” ability and provide them with a basic understanding of the building blocks of this approach, Swisscontact Bangladesh organised this introductory workshop titled “An Introduction to Inclusive Systems Development (ISD) Approach”. As we are well into the second year of the pandemic, the need for a virtual workshop was identified and successfully executed by the team from Swisscontact Bangladesh.

As many of the participants had no prior experience of this approach, the workshop was conducted in three days (29 June 2021, 01 July 2021, and 05 July 2021) and was divided into two sessions per day. Mr. Manish Pandey, Director- South Asia of Swisscontact inaugurated the workshop and set the tone for the next three days. These sessions were conducted by the three lead facilitators Mehjabin Ahmed, Senior Manager- PRABRIDDHI project; Syeda Ishrat Fatema, Team Leader- Sarathi and Shujola; and Mohammad Sakib Khaled, Coordinator- Portfolio Development from Swisscontact Bangladesh with a cumulative experience of over 25 years in designing and implementing ISD projects in different countries. Pritam Azra Hassan, Officer- Portfolio Development and Waseka Nourin, Intern- Sarathi supported the lead facilitators in organising and facilitating the workshop. Around thirty participants from Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar actively participated in every session.

On day one, two sessions were conducted, followed by a brief introduction session in the beginning of the workshop. The participants were divided into five diverse groups to make all six sessions lively and challenging. This provided the opportunity for participants from different countries and projects to work alongside and get better acquainted with each other’s projects. 

Each session had embedded group discussions and assignments that not only kept them engaged but also resulted in a much better understanding of the process. The facilitators created a common MS Teams channel for the participants, which will stay live for a month so that any participant can go back and review the content and discussion at his/her convenience, if needed.

The workshop received positive feedback from participants who now understood the concept of inclusive systems development better and enjoyed working alongside colleagues from different projects and countries amidst an ongoing pandemic. They acknowledged this as an effective knowledge sharing platform and looked forward to future workshops and such opportunities. The participants also highlighted the need to have a more detailed workshop broken down in additional sessions and days to help them go deeper into the principles.

International Women's Day 2021

International Women’s Day celebrates the historic journey that women around the world have taken to better their lives. The day comes as a reminder that while a lot has been achieved, the journey is long, and a lot more needs to be done. Keeping that in mind, Swisscontact Bangladesh, like every year, on March 8th, 2021, commenced their celebration of International Women’s Day 2021 by sending an e-card signed by Mujibul Hasan, Country Director, to every employee. The email was followed up with an invitation to a virtual seminar organised by the Portfolio and Communications department on March 11th, 2021.

This year’s theme revolves around and draws attention to our choices and commitment, to challenge and call out gender biases and inequalities, to celebrate the achievements of women in various roles globally. It is a commitment to take a step every day and #ChooseToChallenge to help create an inclusive world. Challenging norms of prejudice, stereotypes and inequalities head on would address and create the change needed to move towards an equal world.

The webinar started at 03:30 p.m. on 11th March 2021 with an introduction session, which followed up with introductory remarks from the Country Director. Mujibul Hasan enlightened the importance of the day and shared his gratitude to all the key speakers for their time and to all the employees for attending the session. The key speakers were Jannat Adib Chowdhury (Senior Manager – Innovation and Knowledge Management, M4C), Farzana Amin (Manager – MRM and Knowledge Management, PRABRIDDHI), Nowsheen Sharmila (Officer - Policy and Communication, ASTHA), and Farhana Noor (Manager – MRM and Partnership, BMMDP). The speakers shared how they reflect equality in their projects and elaborated gender role and women participation in their project. They also highlighted the importance of women participation in their projects. The session ended with an interactive question and answer session.

This event gave the employee of Swisscontact Bangladesh the opportunity to learn about what other projects or programmes are doing and how they are implying gender inclusiveness. The question answer session opened the field of suggestions for further improvement in gender inclusiveness of the projects. The overall event was hosted by Pritam Azra Hassan (Officer – Portfolio Development) and co-organised by Anika Parvez (HR Specialist).

International Men’s Day 2020

The International Men’s Day 2020 is an international event celebrated on 19th of November every year to acknowledge the achievements, contributions and sacrifices of men. The broader and ultimate aim of the event is to promote basic humanitarian values. The event was inaugurated in February 1992 by Thomas Oaster and it was later re-initiated by Trinidad and Tobago in 1999. There are six core objectives of this event, they are promoting positive male role models, celebrating men’s positive contributions to society, focusing on men’s health and wellbeing, highlighting discrimination against men, improving gender relations and promoting gender equality, and creating a safer, better world. From 2002, an optional secondary objective has been suggested by world coordinators beside the six core objectives. For this year, the secondary objective was “Better health for men and boys”. Other than these objectives, three new themes were introduced, they are “Making a positive difference to the wellbeing and lives of men and boys”, “Raising awareness and/or funds for charities supporting men and boys' wellbeing”, and “Promoting a positive conversation about men, manhood and masculinity”.

In 2020, Swisscontact Bangladesh hosted an online session to highlight this event and celebrate the presence of men in the organisation through a series of activities.

Swisscontact Bangladesh organised an internal story writeup competition where the participants had to write a short story of 150 words about a male figure who have positively influenced their life.

On the first half of 19th of November, the collected write-ups were rated by the internal employees online.

At 3:30 pm Bangladesh Time (BDT), the online session started with a warm introduction from the event was host and moderator Tamjid Ahmed (Intervention Manager, Sarathi), followed by an insightful speech of Mujibul Hasan (Country Director, Bangladesh) on the importance of celebrating International Men’s Day.

At 3:45 pm BDT, a structured panel discussion took place based on the theme “Promoting a positive conversation about men, manhood and masculinity” where the panelists were David Harvey (Team Leader, B-SkillFUL), Jannat Adib Chowdhury (Manager, M4C), Md Ashikujjaman (Senior Project Officer, Uttoron), and Mosiur Morshed (Senior Officer – MRM, Uttoron).

The panel discussion ended with a follow up question session which ended at 4:15 pm BDT and the winner to the competition was announced. The winner also gave a glimpse of the inspiration behind the winning story to the audience and with warm wishes and gratitude the event ended at 4:30 pm.

Beside the Tamjid Ahmed and Mosiur Morshed, other members who were in the organising panel were Anika Parvez (HR Specialist, Business Administration), Manib E Eram (Coordinator- Gender & LRDW, B-SkillFUL), and Pritam Azra Hassan (Officer- Portfolio Development).

Winning Story of International Men’s Day 2020

On November 19th, Swisscontact Bangladesh celebrated International Men’s Day 2020 with a story writing competition followed by an online event. The story writing topic was “Share a short story on a male figure who have influenced your life”, which encouraged a number of employees to participate enthusiastically. Among the participants, four stories were shortlisted and was put online for review. Based on ratings of the employees of Swisscontact Bangladesh, the story “স্বপ্নের কারখানা”, translated as “Dream Factory” written by Shariful Islam Chowdhury (Project Officer – MRM, Sarathi) won the competition. The story, alongside the in-house translation is given below.


স্বপ্নের কারখানা

মাসের বাজারের সব খরচ শেষে ৪৫০ টাকা বেঁচে গেল। বাসাই এসেই খুব গোপনীয়তার সাথে নিজের জমানো টাকার বাক্সটা বের করলো করিম সাহেব। সব মিলিয়ে ২,৫০০ টাকা হলো। আজ ই কিনতে পারবে নিজের শখের গীটার টি। গত ৪ মাস ধরে নিজের ব্যক্তিগত খরচের টাকা থেকে একটু একটু করে বাঁচিয়ে এই গীটারের টাকা টা জমিয়েছেন। আজ সে অনেক বেশী খুশি। কেউ জানে না তার এই শখের কথা। প্রতিদিন গীটারের দোকানে একবার করে দেখে আসতেন। একটু পরেই তিনি বের হবেন। কিন্তু খুব আজব কারনবশত তার ছেলে কান্নাকাটি করছে একটি তিন চাকার সাইকেলের জন্য। তাকে কিনে দিতে হবেই। করিম সাহেব খুব বিরক্ত । সে অনেক ভেবে গীটার কেনার উদ্দেশ্যেই বের হলেন। গল্পের সাসপেন্সের দরকার নেই, বোঝাই যাচ্ছে সে বাড়ি ফিরলো তিন চাকার সাইকেল নিয়ে। করিম সাহেব ভাবলেন আবার ৩-৪ মাস জমিয়ে শখের গীটার টি কিনেবেন। জানি, কোনদিন ও তিনি পারবেন না। আর কোনদিন কেউ জানতেও পারবে না তার এই বারবার স্বপ্ন ভঙ্গের কথা।


In-house translation:

Dream factory

At the end of all the market expenses of the month, 450 taka was saved. As soon as he came home, Mr. Karim took out the box of his savings with great secrecy. In all, it was 2,500 taka. Today he can buy his own desired guitar. For the last 4 months, he has saved a little bit from his personal expenses and saved money for this guitar. Today he is ecstatic. No one knows about this hobby of his. He used to visit the guitar shop once a day. He will be out shortly. But for some very strange reason his son is crying for a three-wheeled bicycle. His son wants him to must buy it. Mr. Karim is very upset. He thought a lot and went out to buy the guitar. There is no need for suspense in the story because he returned home with a three-wheeler. Mr. Karim thought he would buy a hobby guitar after 3-4 months. I know he will never be able to. And no one will ever know about his dream being broken again and again.

International Women's Day 2020

The International Women’s Day is a global event celebrated on 8th of March every year to acknowledge the achievements, contributions, value, sacrifices and role of women. The ultimate goal of this day is to create a gender-equal world. In 2020, Swisscontact Bangladesh hosted a half-day event in their country office to highlight this event and celebrate the presence of women in the organisation.

Swisscontact Bangladesh celebrated the International Women's Day 2020 on March 12, 2020. The event was hosted by Anika Parvez (HR Officer), moderated by Nooha Sabanta Maula (Project Officer, Shujola and Sarathi), and organised by Pritam Azra Hassan (Portfolio Development Officer) and Aishwarya Rahman (Portfolio Development Officer). The theme Each for Equal was thoroughly highlighted in the panel discussion where the panelists were Syeda Ishrat Fatema (Team leader, Sarathi and Shujola), Salma Akhter (Project Coordinator- Partnerships and Advocacy, Sarathi), Md. Alamgir Kabir (Head of Business Administration) and Nadia Afrin Shams (Team leader, Uttoron).

Multiple issues were discussed such as the challenges women face at work during maternity period, assurance of workplace equality by assigning equal work to male and female, behaviour of a male colleague towards a female colleague, etc. The event ended with the positive note that together we can make the world a better place for both women and men.