#IWD2023 - Daina Chakma, ‪District Technical Coordinator (Nutrition Governance), LEAN

To mark International Women's Day 2023, we have interviewed a few of our female staff members at GAIN. This interview aims to shine a spotlight on the invaluable contributions of women in the workplace and their significant impact on an organisation's success.

Join us as we delve into the experiences, challenges, and triumphs of our female colleagues, and gain insight into their journey towards achieving their goals.

This interview is a tribute to all women who have worked tirelessly to make their mark in their respective industries and inspire future generations of women to do the same.

One stereotype women in the workplace are tired of hearing.

One stereotype women in the workplace are tired of hearing is "Are you able to do this? Could you go to a field visit? How will you manage your home after getting this job?"  

What inspires you to come to work every day?

I feel inspired to come to work because I enjoy my work. I can use my skills and knowledge to contribute to my society, and to my community as well, as I personally and professionally have a social identity. I feel empowered and I have economic freedom and power of decision-making. 

Overall, the motivations like achievements, empowerment, financial security, challenges, and socialisation drive me to come to work every day. 

Daina sitting at her desk and typing on a laptop

One quality that every woman must admire about herself.

Empowerment and resilience.

Daina smiling and wearing a red tshirt while embracing

What does equity mean to you?

Equity means making sure everyone gets access to the opportunities with fair and impartial equality. 

What advice would you give to women starting out their career?

Gain knowledge and develop your skills. Enhance networking and professional communication. 


Women will achieve true equality when _______

Women will be empowered when men share with women similar responsibilities.

What unique strengths do women bring to leadership roles, and how can organisations leverage these strengths to drive success?

Empathy, sympathy, compassion, patience, listening to each others can be the unique strengths that women bring to leadership roles. 

Descent work, capacity building, creating enabling environment. Organisations leverage these strengths to drive success.