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DHL launches women’s network initiative

From left, Nooruddin Chowdhury, country manager of DHL Global Forwarding Bangladesh; Amy Yee, contributor to The New York Times; Fahima Aziz, vice chancellor of Asian University of Women in Chittagong; Geeteara Safiya Choudhury, chairperson of Adcomm Ltd; and Desmond Quiah, country manager for DHL Express Bangladesh, pose at the launch of DHL Women's Network in Bangladesh, at a programme in Dhaka yesterday. Photo: DHL

From left, Nooruddin Chowdhury, country manager of DHL Global Forwarding Bangladesh; Amy Yee, contributor to The New York Times; Fahima Aziz, vice chancellor of Asian University of Women in Chittagong; Geeteara Safiya Choudhury, chairperson of Adcomm Ltd; and Desmond Quiah, country manager for DHL Express Bangladesh, pose at the launch of DHL Women’s Network in Bangladesh, at a programme in Dhaka yesterday. Photo: DHL

The programme aims to inspire both male and female employees of DHL to enhance their leadership skills and positively impact the company’s success in Bangladesh, the company said in a statement.

DHL marked the initiative’s launch with an event themed Winning Diversity Together, where Fahima Aziz, vice chancellor of Asian University of Women in Chittagong, and Geeteara Safiya Choudhury, chairperson of Adcomm Ltd, shared their personal insights.

“DHL Global Forwarding Bangladesh had set a goal to fill more upper and middle-management vacancies with capable women, and has implemented various programmes to enable women to be ready for these positions, through mentoring programmes, adoption of a flexible work system to help maintain work-life balance and expanding childcare services,” said Nooruddin Chowdhury, country manager of DHL Global Forwarding Bangladesh.

Through the efforts, the company has seen an increase in the number of female employees — 15 percent of the entire employee base; and the number is continually growing, he said.

“The DHL Women’s Network is an excellent platform to support our employees, male and female alike, to unlock their full potential,” he said.

“Promoting diversity is in our core strategic interest as it contributes to creating a more connected, engaged workforce,” said Desmond Quiah, country manager of DHL Express Bangladesh.

“An inclusive workplace helps tap on employees’ strengths and enhance leadership potential. This focus underpins our commitment to becoming an Employer of Choice to our employees,” he said.

A panel discussion was also held during the launch moderated by Amy Yee, independent journalist and contributor to The New York Times, with Fahima Aziz, Geeteara Safiya Choudhury, Nooruddin Chowdhury and Quiah as participants.

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Source: Daily Star

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