Although she grew up in a safe and loving family, Farzana Chowdhury personally knows the many socio-economic challenges facing women in Bangladesh. And she passionately wants them to know that “You’re not alone.”
First female CEO of Green Delta and in the Bangladesh insurance industry, Farzana was recently honored by the United Nations Global Compact in a Times Square event for her pioneering contributions to the dignity of women and poverty alleviation. This year, she launched a product called Nibedita to literally insure women’s safety, regardless of economic stature, that includes a smartphone app that provides a counseling network, emergency services and safety tips.
Traditionally, women are not encouraged to claim damages after suffering trauma or being victimized (by rape, for example). Green Delta’s personal accident insurance helps to empower women, and to promote gender equity.
Farzana learned about MMEG during discussions with the IFC (International Finance Corporation of the World Bank). She generously donated to the scholarship endowment, and offers mentorship possibilities to grantees from Bangladesh or those in the finance industry.