Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) - Five successful women entrepreneurs who have broken the new digital ground and created wealth and jobs in various developing countries will be unveiled on the margins of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York next week.
They will join world leaders as they review the progress made in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, said United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on Friday.
UNCTAD will announce the first “eTrade for Women Advocates”, seven “super” women – all digital entrepreneurs – who have been selected by the UN to inspire other digital women entrepreneurs and help ensure that women have a seat and voice at the policymaking table for a more inclusive local, regional and global digital economy.
Five of the seven advocates – hailing from China, Cote d'Ivoire, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, North Macedonia and Rwanda – will be introduced to the world, on the sidelines of the General Assembly.
The “eTrade for Women Advocates” will be in New York from 23 to 26 September to provide insights on how women digital entrepreneurs are a formidable force for inclusive wealth creation and development.
The five who will be in New York are: Xiaofei Yao from China, founder and CEO of Rogrand; Patricia Zoundi Yao from Côte d'Ivoire, founder and CEO of Quickcash; Helianti Hilman from Indonesia, founder and CEO of Javara; Claudia de Heredia from Mexico, co-founder and COO of Kichink; and Nina Angelovska, North Macedonia’s minister of finance and co-founder of Grouper.mk.
The other two are Nazanin Daneshvar from Iran, founder and CEO of Takhfifan, and Clarisse Iribagiza from Rwanda, founder and CEO of DMM.HeHe.
Drawing on their groundbreaking work in e-commerce, these advocates are helping to create the world all want by 2030 by leveraging technology to build wealth in their communities to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The “super seven” pioneering cohort of women entrepreneurial business leaders will inspire and empower other women entrepreneurs in their regions and beyond to take greater advantage of the ever-expanding global digital economy.
Harnessing the positive impact of digital technology, combined with the transformative power of female entrepreneurship, is needed to accelerate wealth creation and poverty reduction in developing countries. However, this potential remains unrealized as women struggle to scale their business and to get a seat at decision-making tables.
UNCTAD’s eTrade for Women initiative enables leading female digital entrepreneurs to make their voices heard in high-level political decision-making processes.
It also equips them to empower the next generation of female entrepreneurs in developing countries.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) – ActionAid Bangladesh joined thousands of young people from across the country to demand climate justice on Friday.
Young people from across the world will march on the streets from Sept 20 to 27 as part of the Global Climate Week starting Friday.
Thousands of schoolchildren all around the world, including Bangladesh, joined the climate action movement ‘Fridays for Future’.
Expressing solidarity, ActionAid Bangladesh joined the march in front of the National Press Club demanding national and international climate action.
In early August 2018, climate scientists warned that we have only a dozen years to limit climate change catastrophe.
According to them, temperatures need to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.
Later, following the global movement of schoolchildren started by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, young people are leading a global climate movement demanding urgent action to secure their future.
In a statement, ActionAid Bangladesh said it believes that urgent climate actions need to be taken at both national and international level.
“We express our support to the global voice of young people demanding necessary action to ensure climate justice,” it said.
ActionAid as Federation has been advocating for Climate Justice for over 14 years now working from grassroots level to global policy spaces.
Chapainawabganj, Sept 20 (UNB) – A court here on Friday granted four-day remand for four men, including a union parishad chairman, in a case filed over severing the wrists of a young man.
They are – Shibganj upazila’s Wazirpur Union Parishad Chairman Foyez Uddin, his associates Tarique Ahmed, Alauddin, Jahangir Alam and Tariq Hasan Rimon.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Moinul Hossain gave the order in the afternoon.
Jahangir Hossain, sub-inspector of Shibganj Police Station, also the investigation officer of the case, said he had sought seven days to interrogate the suspects.
A group of men, reportedly led by the UP chairman, severed the wrists of Romel Hossain, 28, at Ujirpur in Shibganj upazila on Wednesday.
Victim’s mother Ruli Begum filed a case against 22 people with Sibganj Police on Thursday night.
Romel is being treated at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.
“We’re conducting raids to arrest others accused in the case,” the SI said.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) – A woman died of dengue at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) while 508 new patients were hospitalised across the country in 24 hours till Friday morning.
The deceased was identified as Parvin Begum, 36, wife of Foijul Haque of Banaripara upazila.
Dr Bakir Hossain, director of the hospital, said Parvin was admitted to SBMCH with dengue fever around 1:30pm on Friday.
“She died around 9:30pm while undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit,” he added.
Currently, 80 dengue patients are being treated at the hospital. Of them, 21 were admitted in the last 24 hours till noon, said Dr Bakir.
Meanwhile, 508 new patients were hospitalised across the country, indicating a decline in the number of new cases.
Of them, 165 were admitted to hospitals in Dhaka and 343 in other parts of the country, according to Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
Currently, 2,158 patients, including 902 in the capital, are being treated at hospitals, it said.
Bangladesh has been grappling with a massive outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease. The outbreak put severe strain on the country’s medical system.
Since the beginning of this year, 83,989 people were hospitalised with dengue, most of them in Dhaka. Of them, 81,628 made full recovery.
Since January, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) received information about 203 dengue-related deaths. It has so far reviewed 116 cases and confirmed 68 dengue deaths.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) - State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury on Friday said the government is very sincere about protecting the rivers.
He said this at a programme – Ensure the legal rights of rivers – organised by Nongor on a floating ship of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority.
“This is the best time to protect the rivers,” Khalid said, urging the people to come forward.