International Women's Day: Make it happen
Published: 6 Mar 2015
Ahead of International Women’s Day (IWD) we hear from a Gold Award holder from Bangladesh who is working to empower women in her local community and beyond.
On 8 March, women’s economic, political and social achievements will be celebrated worldwide, with individuals and organisations using the event to call for greater recognition of gender equality. ‘Make it Happen’, the theme of this year’s IWD, will encourage effective action for advancing women’s rights.
On this day every year, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation reaffirms its commitment to the empowerment of women worldwide. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award provides opportunities for young women to build their self-worth and confidence, and to make life choices that are shaped by their skills and interests, not their gender. It also enables young women to engage with different groups in society and to support one another.
Empowering women in Bangladesh
Gold Award holder, Farhana Meghami’s entrepreneurial skills were honed whilst completing her Service section at the Bangladesh Association of the Aged elderly home. What she saw there inspired her to create a ground-breaking project to empower its elderly female residents, and many other women in her local community. Farhana estimates that around 900 women have now benefited from this project to empower them economically.
In a blog post, written for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, Farhana explains more about the project, representing women globally and why she believes the Award can provide women with the opportunity to realise their potential.