Ans: Over the years, the ICT industry in Bangladesh has entered the digital domain and in it has seen a great shift towards the better future. However, it seems the key roles in this vast industry is being mostly occupied by men. Approximate statistics of the 700+ companies in the BASIS database show that of all the companies listed only 13% women work as professionals compared to men and amidst them only 3% women hold an entrepreneurship and leadership position.
This shows that no matter how much we have progressed, women are still underrepresented in the ICT industry, meaning the "gender divide" is still the biggest barrier for ICT industry to boom.
If BWF is asked about the very basic reason of its existence, the answer would be:
1. To increase awareness in our society of the importance of female empowerment through ICT.
2. To improve and increase women's involvement Bangladesh IT ecosystem.