Meet Rabbi Apa, the only woman car mechanic in Dhaka

Within the past few years, women have participated in job sectors more than ever. However, ‘Mechanic Rabbi Apa’ is an exception to it all. Breaking fences in the field of mechanic and automobile workshops, Rabeya Sultana is the only female mechanic working for CARE Bangladesh.

Started from the bottom but she’s here

Rabeya Sultana Rabbi could never attend her S.S.C examination. Growing up with extreme poverty, Rabeya Sultana learnt to take care of herself from a very young age. Her father could barely afford for his eight-member family.

The young drop out student is now earning approximately 550 dollars per month and she can comfortably afford for her husband, her young son and her parents as well. Her husband was very supportive throughout her journey and helped her pursue her career by co-parenting.

Source: Arab News

Rabbi Apa’s journey

Rabbi Apa initially started training as a driver with other female members, but she was not confident enough to drive around highways. She then took the decision to take up her career as a motor mechanic.

In an interview with Arab News, she mentions how girls in Bangladesh hardly come to a profession which is heavily dominated by men in general. However, she has always been as a kind, friendly and hardworking employee. Selim Sheikh, manager for transport at CARE Bangladesh mentions how proud he is of her. She took in the knowledge of a motor mechanic in a short period of time. He also mentions how she is always enthusiastic to learn new techniques.

Rabeya dreams of opening her own garage in her hometown and give chances to others to pursue their career with motor mechanics. She wants to help her son achieve her dreams, and help him succeed in life.

May we have more Rabbi Apas help the society construct itself into a positive space for all women.

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Meet Jaya Chakma, the first Bangladeshi woman FIFA referee

With the anticipations and excitement of football fanatics, the news of Jaya Chakma makes it better than ever! Jaya Chakma, a proud ethnic member from Rangamati, defied all barriers by establishing herself as one of the first Bangladeshi FIFA referees.

Alongside Jaya Chakma, Salma Islam is also on the list as an assistant referee with. With the public recognition of FIFA, this dynamic duo will be able to hold national team matches in 2020, on an international level.

Read more: The story of one Jamal Bhuyan of Bangladesh

A woman with great ambition for sports

Initially, Jaya drew everyone’s attention as she conducted matches for men’s football. She was one of the pioneering members of the national women’s team even after completing her Asian Football Confederation Class-3 refereeing certificate course in 2011. Unfortunately, due to injury, she missed 2012 SAFF Women’s Football Championship, which ended her playing career. But she never stopped pursuing her passion for football. Jaya Chakma started her refereeing career at the same year, without any pause. She is now conducting important Football League tournaments on a regular basis.

In an interview with Dhaka Tribune, she mentions how overwhelming her journey has become, but it was a matter of great pride to be able to represent her country on an international level.

Read more: First-ever Bangladeshi female commentator: Shathira Jakir Jessy

Jaya Chakma is consistent not only with sports but also her academics. Majoring in History with a Masters from Jahangirnagar University, she also pursued and received a Diploma in Sports Science.

Jaya will appear for the AFC Elite Panel is she receives the FIFA referee badge. Congratulations to one of the most well-deserved referees of all time!

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First ever Bangladeshi female commentator: Shathira Jakir Jessy

For the first time, ever! A Bangladeshi female commentator did the commentary during the Bangladesh Vs. India match on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. On Star Sports.

Yes, folks, you read that right. History has been made, as the former national cricketer, Shathira Jakir Jessy had been selected to commentate in Bangla during the Bangladesh Vs. India match on Tuesday.

“This is a historic moment for Bangladesh – for the first time ever, a Bangladeshi girl will commentate on Star Sports. It feels great to think I am that person.”

Said Jessy earlier in an interview.

Besides this, she will also commentate during the England Vs. New Zealand and Afganistan Vs. West Indies in Bangla on 3rd and 4th July respectively.