The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) organised a four-day regional workshop on 'Supporting Women Political Leaders in Muslim South Asia' Programme last week in Dhaka, reports UNB.
The workshop brought together female political activists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Awami League (AL), Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh and Jatiya Party (Ershad) were represented at the workshop.
The programme aims at enhancing the capability of women to campaign for office and to serve as party leaders and elected officials. It also seeks to develop sustainable capacity within political parties to train women party members and elected officials, said a NDI press release Thursday.
Master trainers have been trained from each of the 14 participating political parties and they in turn have trained a second level of trainers throughout each programme country.
In Bangladesh, this second level training took place in April, where the Master Trainers trained an additional 24 women at the Divisional Level from the four parties.
These Master and Divisional Trainers have reached their target of training 750 female political activists throughout the six divisions of the country.
The workshop concluded with a reception at which Gene George, Mission Director, USAID Bangladesh, presented the master trainers with their certificates of participation.
Representatives from the four major political parties, civil society and the diplomatic community in Dhaka were also present on the occasion.