WOW Dhaka: Khulna Chapter ©

British Council

WOW Dhaka: Khulna Chapter organised by the British Council, South Bank Centre, and Rupantar. It will provide a platform to celebrate women and girls and explore the obstacles which prevent them from achieving their full potential. It will consist of speed mentoring, panel discussions, performances, inspirational talks and many more, highlighting the particular challenges facing the women of Bangladesh. Topics covered include tech for women, legal support, health, leadership, and how to support young Bangladeshi people as empowered individuals. 

The programme will bring together women from all over Khulna and provoke conversations between teachers, community leaders, artists, activists, filmmakers and entrepreneurs who discussed significant issues facing women today as well as celebrated and highlighted their achievements. It curates an inclusive, empowering space that pushes at the boundaries of gender conventions, refusing to limit itself or the women and men who interact with it, by making it a space for everyone. By pulling together diverse contributions from the wider community, WOW Dhaka: Khulna Chapter draws upon a lived reality to inspire real change.

What is WOW?

WOW (Women of the World) is a festival that celebrates women and girls and taking a frank look at the obstacles they face across the world. There are talks, performances, activism, workshops, food, music, mentoring, workshops and more. WOW is for everyone and brings people together from all corners of society - both speakers and audience members - energising and providing the inspiration and tools to make a change.  WOW is a place where hundreds of women’s stories can be shared, feelings vented, minds influenced and fun had. Each WOW is for everyone, bold and broad-based in approach, both lively and serious, bringing together of people from all corners of society.

WOW in Bangladesh

Back in 2016, British Council hosted the first WOW Thinkin in Bangladesh.  WOW Thinkins are a chance to have your say on what and who you would like to see represented; what ideas can be developed into the programme; what in your opinion are the most relevant topics for women today; and what can we build on from previous WOW South Asia festivals.

We are hosting a number of WOW Thinkins outside of Dhaka, culminating in WOW Dhaka in 2019 where we will showcase our findings from WOW Thinkins though discussion and performances. The process of WOW Thinkins will continue to divisional towns in 2018, followed by a launch of an all-singing, all-dancing WOW Dhaka festival in 2019.

Event Schedule

Thursday, 02 August 2018

11.00 AM – 07.00 PM

Khulna University Campus, Sher-E-Bangla Road,

Khulna 9208



Time: 11:00 AM - 07:00 PM

WOW Market is a central meeting point, a place where people can go, reflect, browse, look for further information and take part in informal discussions, activities, and networking amongst a range of individually selected stalls. At the premise a total of 10 stalls will showcase innovative services, business models and ides by women. 

  1. Rupar Ranna Ghor 
  2. Mehendi by Subha & Lucy’s Cook Book 
  3. Ahona Product House
  4. Green Nari Kollan Foundation
  5. Ghoroa Hosto Shilpo
  6. KMSS
  7. 9 to 999
  8. VSO
  9. British Council
  10. Rupantar


Workshop - Cyber Security: How safe are you?

Time: 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

The Workshop is open for pre-registration. The goal of the workshop is to sensitize audiences about how young girls and women have been facing harassment on social media platform. 

Workshop Moderator: 

Sadia Kabir Dina, Community Lead, Women in Digital

*Please mail at for registration

Panel Discussion

Time: 03:00 PM - 03:45 PM

Discussion Topic: Women, Power and Change

WOW Dhaka: Khulna Chapter Panel is at the heart of the Festival and make up the bulk of the programme. It is held on the main stage and discussions are moderated on essential and nuanced topics concerning gender equality. Speakers are asked questions and moderated on a topic. This is generally an 45 minutes session including questions and answers.  

Panelists - 

  • Professor Dr. Mahrtalat Ahmed, Department of Agro Technology, Khulna University
  • Ms. Ishrat Jahan, Deputy Director Local Governance (DDLG), DC Court, Khulna
  • Advocate Alokananda Das, Special Public Prosecutor, Women and Child Affairs, Khulna Judge Court


  • Ms. Nipa Adhikari, Associate Professor, Department of Soil, Water and Environment Discipline, Khulna University

Pop up Performances

Time: 03:55 PM - 04:05 PM

From the personal to the political: Poetry as empowerment

‘Monsoon Letters’ in collaboration with Khulna based poets will present performance poetry that depicts the boundaries of women empowerment and battle for an equal society. 

WOW Bites

Time: 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

Six speakers will share their stories in WOW Dhaka: Khulna Chapter. Each speaker has 10 minutes to present her story. In this session the following women will share their success stories, achievements, learnings, and challenges they are facing in their lives. 

Speakers - 

  • Rozi Biswas, Crab Farmer
  • Selina Akter Pia, Advocate, Khulna Judge Court
  • Suravi Ferdoucy, Entrepreneur
  • Sakera Banu, Executive Director, Green Nari Kollan Foundation
  • Rizia Parven, Development Worker
  • Ayesha Akter Keya, Radio Jockey

Cultural Event

Pot Gaan

Time: 05:25 PM - 05:55 PM

Khulna-based troupe Rupantar Theatre, will present Pot Gaan at the main stage of the festival venue. 

Rock on with Captain’s Band

Time: 06:10 PM - 07:00 PM

WOW Dhaka: Khulna Chapter will feature a musical performance by the very talented Nishad Maliha Oishee and Dola Dey - popular young singers from Khulna. The event will end with their live performance in the evening.