Friday, 11 March 2016

IRRI Bangladesh Office Celebrates International Women’s Day 2016

IRRI Bangladesh Office (IBO), one of the largest among 15 IRRI country offices(with 11 female staff out of 87 total staff) celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) 2016 with the staff in its Dhaka office on 8 March 2016. The Corporate Services Team, IBO arranged a diverse and stimulating program that included motivational speeches from senior management and project members.

Dr. Paul Fox, IRRI Representative for Bangladesh in his speech pointed out the challenges for female in the agricultural sector, how IRRI is working towards gender parity and also shared with the audience examples of gender discrimination his mother and wife faced in their professional life. His speech was followed by project representatives from VDSA, STRASA, CSISA III, PPP, and RVC who highlighted their project’s initiatives and success in reaching toward greater gender parity.
During the session the video message from the IRRI Director General, Dr. Matthew Morell was played for the IBO staff.

 In wrapping up the first portion of the event, the IRRI Representative encouraged the female staff in IBO to aim for professional and personal growth, acknowledged their contribution and presented each with a small bouquet.

The second session was an informative session on Cervical Cancer conducted by Dr. Nasrin Zulfiqar, a medical representative from Apollo Hospital.  A total of 45 staff (female 8 & male 37) participated. 

HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2016-009

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