“Women leaders need to be the cheerleaders for other women”
Momtahena first joined the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement out of a desire to reach out to those in need. She joined the movement in 2016 and is now the Deputy Youth Chief-01 and a Red Crescent Youth volunteer. Reflecting on her experiences, Momtahena’s journey “... in the Red Crescent started by becoming a first aider. The experience of teaching first aid to Cyclone Preparedness Programme volunteers in refugee camps in Bangladesh as well as in my township was great”.
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I have gained a lot of experience in the last seven years. Among them was the landslide in 2017 that occurred in the Rangamati district of Bangladesh. We Red Crescent volunteers worked with casualties for about one month. The cries of people and the pain of losing loved ones affected me personally. I learned how important it is to stay calm and be strong in any given situation. Being a volunteer for the Red Crescent makes me feel true to who I really am.

Being a woman leader, I have learned that women leaders can help bridge the gender pay gap. We can balance professional and personal skills, which is why women can handle crisis better. Taking a leadership position is not easy for women. Women have to balance both their family and professional life. So first of all, family support is needed, which many women do not get from their family. As a result women have to overcome many obstacles to reach leadership. That’s why women leaders need to be the cheerleaders for other women.

I believe the key to change is women’s leadership.

Momtahena Chowdhury

Bangladesh, 2016

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Women hold only 12 per cent of the world’s board seats.

– Deloitte, 2015

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