United States and Bangladesh Renew Shared Commitment to Safeguard Women’s Rights

Photo of local girls' dance troupe in Rangpur, Bangladesh performing at gender and development fair.
Local girls' dance troupe perform at opening ceremony of Gender and Development Fair in Rangpur, Bangladesh.
Troy Beckman/USAID

USAID co-hosts gender and development fair to promote women's empowerment

For Immediate Release

Thursday, April 10, 2014

RANGPUR, Bangladesh—The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur concluded a joint three-day event dedicated to promoting women’s rights. Held from April 8-10, the Gender and Development Fair provided a platform for local leaders, university students, and the people of Rangpur to commemorate the economic and social contributions of women in Bangladesh.  

During the closing ceremony, Mashiur Rahman Ranga, State Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, and U.S. Ambassador Dan Mozena renewed their commitment to ensure women have equal opportunities to contribute to—and benefit from—the country’s economic growth. Vice Chancellor of Begum Rokeya University Rangpur Dr. A.K.M. Nurun Nabi and USAID Mission Director Janina Jaruzelski thanked the government officials, civil society organizations, university students and the people of Rangpur for participating in the fair.

The Gender and Development Fair featured seminars, workshops, a photo exhibition, film screening, and cultural performances by local artists. Representatives from the Government of Bangladesh, USAID, Begum Rokeya University, nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, publishers, and private sector groups showcased their women’s empowerment programs at 70 exhibit booths located on the campus fairgrounds.