The US government is committed to advancing the economic empowerment of women globally – Helen LaFave.

The U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires, Helen LaFave, today emphasized the critical role of women’s inclusion in driving Bangladesh’s economic growth at a seminar hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh (AmCham) entitled “Invest in Women:  Accelerate Progress.”

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires LaFave underscored the U.S. government’s commitment to advancing women’s economic empowerment globally, recognizing that a nation cannot reach its full potential if half its population is left behind.  She highlighted the embassy’s ongoing efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in Bangladesh, including its engagement with women entrepreneurs to meet their unique challenges and support their success.

Chargé d’Affaires LaFave highlighted the immense potential of technology to empower women, citing several U.S.-supported programs, including the U.S. Commerce Department’s Global Diversity Export Initiative (GDEI), which connects women-owned businesses in the United States with communities and markets in Bangladesh.  She also cited several projects that promote the inclusion of women in Bangladesh’s economic growth such as the State Department’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE).

Held in conjunction with International Women’s Day, the seminar featured remarks by Dr. Dipu Moni, Minister of Social Welfare, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Oracle Bangladesh Managing Director, Ms. RubabaDowla.  Besides Chargé d’Affaires LaFave, the Panel included Ms. NafrizaShayma, Joint Secretary (Archeology and Museums), Ministry of Cultural Affairs; Ms. Sonia Bashir Kabir, Founder and Managing General Partner, SBK Tech Ventures and Ms. Sarah Ali, Managing Director, FCB BITOPI.

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