Women entrepreneurs’ earnings drop by 67pc

The study stated that many of the women entrepreneurs were living on their savings. Online entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs involved in the garment and related industries, construction workers and hawkers were the worst affected among these women. The average losses of the entrepreneurs during the coronavirus outbreak totaled over Tk 289,000.

Secretary of the ministry of labour and employment, KM Abdus Salam, was chief guest on the occasion. Also taking part in the roundtable were CEO of Business Initiative Leading Development (BILD) Ferdous Ara Begum, chairperson of UCEP Bangladesh and former chairman of MIDAS, Perveen Mahmud, executive director of BRAC Asif Saleh, senior researcher at Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), Nazneen Ahmed, CEO of the export-oriented business Taranga, Kohinoor Yeasmin, executive director of Kormojibi Nari, Rokeya Rafiq and BRAC senior director Shameran Abed.

Senior director of BRAC’s Advocacy for Social Change programme, KAM Morshed, revealed the key findings of the survey at the beginning of the discussion.

Director of the BRAC Gender Justice and Diversity programme, Nobonita Chowdhury, moderated the event.

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