Dhaka – Saima Wazed Putul, daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has been elected Chairperson of the International Jury Board of UNESCO-Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jabar al-Sabah prize for digital empowerment of persons with disabilities.
According to a statement issued on Thursday by Bangladesh Ambassador to France, the election was held at the Jury Board’s meeting in Paris on Wednesday where Saima was elected as the head of the board.
She will serve the board for the next two years.
Saima is the current Chairperson of the National Advisory Committee on Autism in Bangladesh and a member of World Health Organization’s (WHO) advisory panel of mental health.
UNESCO-Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jabar al-Sabah prize is given to the individuals or organizations for their outstanding contribution for implementing digital solutions to enhance the lives of persons with disabilities.
Usually, two awards worth $20,000 each is given to an individual and an organization to recognize their contributions in this field, according to the statement.
The four members of the jury board are Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities of United Nations Human Rights Council Costa Rican Catalina Devandas Aguilar, Lebanese journalist May Chidiac, professor of Johannes Kepler University of Austria Klaus Miesenberger and member of the Committee of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Martin Babu Mwesigwa, according to satte-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.