State Minister for ICT Division, Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak very recently inaugurated the2hourjob.com - a web based platform which allows anyone to obtain skill based services, i.e. web designing, creative writing, graphic designing, data entry, etc., completed and delivered by women only. Payment for the services rendered on the2hourjob.com can be made and received through an online payment gateway. Launching of the2hourjob.com marks Bangladesh's entry into the 'Gig Economy' - a new milestone that Bangladesh has now achieved during the Digital Bangladesh era.
Gig Economy is a marketplace where temporary, flexible and contract based jobs are offered by companies or individuals that tend to hire freelancers or independent contractors instead of hiring vendor companies or full-time employees. The2hourjob.com is unique to the extent that only female freelancers are allowed to offer the services demanded by the clients, and this is a one-of-its-kind initiative in Bangladesh too. Sanjida Khandoker, the Founder of the platform, came up with the innovative idea of initiating such platform to overcome the obstacles of a full-time wife and mother who wishes to work and pursue a career in something she is good at.
The2hourjob.com fosters women empowerment in Bangladesh, and paves the way to enable millions of freelancing women to earn, build their career and contribute towards the economic growth of Bangladesh.
Due to our traditional mind-set of hiring full-time employees, who are expected to come in to the office and work from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, a huge number of educated and skilled female resources give up full-time employments. Lack of opportunities of flexible or part-time jobs too force a large number of female out of employment or bars them to pursue a career alongside continuing with their day-to-day household responsibilities.
Such an epidemic creates the space where a large number of female freelancers willing to work part-time or on contractual basis, with flexibility and at a cheaper rate for those willing to hire them. This is where the2hourjob.com appropriately slips in with variety of services ranging from professional writing, business support, programming and tech, design and graphics, digital marketing, audio support, lifestyle and research.
With the attainment of various positive initiatives taken under the Digital Bangladesh pledge by the current government, a large number of female are already engaged in freelancing works, and the number is only expected to rise as the availability of a platform like the2hourjob.com is making it easy for female to work remotely or from home.
The2hourjob.com is expected to play a critical role to strengthen our start-up ecosystem too. It can cater for the ever increasing demand of start-ups that function with limited resources and tighter budget, who shall now be able to hire female freelancers on part-time or contractual basis and save costs.
The2hourjob.com is the timely response to our male dominated society that predominantly perceives women as a full-time wife or mother only - not as an individual who has the freedom to hone her skills and build her desired career. The2hourjob.com is the bravest outburst of millions of dreams that were untimely buried under the typical expectations to the women that they have to live with. The2hourjob.com voices the screams of many who had no choice but to compromise their career to play the multiple roles of a daughter, wife and mother. The2hourjob.com is the tale of one Sanjida who envisioned it on behalf of millions of Sanjidas in Bangladesh who did not want to give up. The2hourjob.com is here to make us count on women and to make women look beautiful time and again. And those who believe are on it at www.the2hourjob.com.