The Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ) of BRAC University has organised a series of ‘Women Entrepreneurship Training’ for female students of Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (JKKNIU) as part of ‘Empowered Women, Peaceful Communities’ project with support from UN Women, Bangladesh. A total of 150 female students from various departments of JKKNIU will receive this training on entrepreneurship skills under this project. The trainings are being conducted at BRAC Learning Centre (BLC), Mymensingh during the month of November and December 2018.
As part of the programme, female students are identifying various issues related to their upbringing, achievements and failures. They are also exploring some bigger issues related to inclusiveness and cohesion in the society at large under the title of “Rivers of Life”. This training motivates and trains students to design business plans to address some of these issues through a social business perspective.
This training consists of innovation and business planning workshop, which followed a learning-by-doing approach. It aims to improve understanding about entrepreneurship skills and components of business, which will enable participants to develop socially responsible entrepreneurial ideas. On completion of the training, the participants will develop business plans and the best two will be chosen for seed funds. They will also be provided with mentoring support to initiate their new businesses.
Recently, CPJ conducted a similar training at Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur (BRUR) where 155 female students received this training during October and November 2018. A group of female students are waiting to receive seed funds to implement their innovative business projects.
CPJ is a multi-disciplinary academic institute, which intends to promote global peace and social justice through quality education, research, training and evidenced based policy advocacy. CPJ is committed to identifying and promoting sustainable and inclusive solutions to a wide range of global concerns and issues, including fragility, conflict and violence.