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Imaging Another Future for Asia: Ideas and Pathways for Change
Dhaka, Bangladesh
23, Jan, 2011

On January 20, 21, and 22, 2011, the Asian University for Women held an international symposium at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka. The symposium challenged experts, officials, academics, activists, and students from around the world to consider four key themes in Asia’s development: security, governance, poverty, and environment.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed awards Cherie Blair a certificate recognizing her as Chancellor of the Asian University for Women.

On the opening day of the symposium, distinguished speakers opened the symposium with rousing calls to education and cooperation:

Cherie Booth Blair, international human rights barrister: “…the prize within our grasp is not just a better world for women, but a better, fairer and more prosperous future for all.” Read full speech

Sheikh Hasina Wazed, Prime Minister of Bangladesh: “There is no substitute for young people coming together from different backgrounds and cultures and recognizing our common humanity.” Read full speech

Y.A. Bhg Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, First Lady of Malaysia:“Higher education must help prepare women to develop a deeper understanding of global problems and commit to a global sharing culture.” Read full speech

Dr. Dipu Moni, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh: “The Asian University for Women is a tangible example of the promise of exchange and cooperation beyond borders, boundaries, and traditional markers of difference.” Read full speech

Mrs. Akie Abe, former First Lady of Japan, gave a keynote address on education. She has posted images from the event on her blog. (For the English translation, click here.)

The Prime Minister awarded Kuwaiti human rights activist Mrs. Lulwa Al-Mulla the 2011 AUW Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Women’s Rights. Read the press release
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed and Mrs. Lulwa Al-Mulla

AUW students from Sri Lanka presented their project, “Moving Beyond Conflict,” which emerged from a workshop at the University that helped them to share their experiences and discuss the roots of the conflict and its impact on Sri Lankan women.

Sunita Narain, Director of the Center for Science and Environment in India, gave a presentation about climate change in the panel, “Looming Challenges to Asia’s Future: Governance, Poverty, Security, & Environment.” Read the presentation

 

Friday, January 21, 2011

Marina Mahathir, Malaysian writer, blogger, and activist, chaired a session entitled “Which Way Asia?” Read her blog about the symposium and her visit to the University campus.

 

AUW students with Provost Dr. Mary Sansalone (first row, second from left) and Founder Kamal Ahmad (second row, center).

 

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Patricia Greene, President’s Distinguished Professor Of Entrepreneurship at Babson College in the US, was a panelist for the discussion about public service entrepreneurship. Read Professor Greene’s blog about the event.

Cherie Blair with an AUW student from Bangladesh.

 

In the Media

“Bryn Mawr Delegation Finds Inspiration, Opportunity, and Plenty of Traffic in Bangladesh,” Bryn Mawr Now (February 24, 2011)

NHK News (Japan) coverage: “Asian Voices” series

AUW extends its heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the symposium!