With “Women Leadership” as the major theme, the Asian University for Women Debating Society (AUWDS) organized their first Virtual AUW Inter-Varsity Debate Championship 2021 (AUWIV 2021) on 10-11 September.
Bringing together young and empowered women from 19 nations of Asia, the Asian University for Women (AUW) is the only leading liberal arts university in the region. In line with the mission and vision of AUW, the AUW Debating Society has always promoted leadership and diplomacy in these empowered women. Over the last year, the AUWDS has organized their signature Inter-Department Debate Championship, endless workshops, mock-debates, practice sessions, and made sure all the members of the club get an opportunity to participate in renowned national and international debate tournaments. The AUWDS ensures excellence in its members’ ability to be debaters, diplomats, negotiators, and of course leaders. Consequently, AUWDS ensured the continuity of this co-curricular excellence by organizing the first-ever Virtual AUW Inter-Varsity Debate Championship (AUW IV) 2021 in collaboration with BDC (Bangladesh Debating Council) on September 10th and 11th with the most diverse all-female organizing committee of Bangladesh. The aim of AUW IV 2021 was to ensure the participation of women from vulnerable backgrounds in leadership positions, to help them learn the values of professionalism and work ethics, encourage the youth of Bangladesh to engage in civil discussions about what can be done in today’s world to deal with the issues hand-on, and to empower our community of powerful women throughout the process. Accordingly, AUW IV 2021 takes pride in ensuring the participation of women from South Asia, South East Asia, and the Middle East from RMG sectors, war refugees, underprivileged women, etc in major leadership positions of organizing this event.
This event’s strategic planner was the Bangladesh Debate Council and the event was powered by Casper and co-sponsored by Sapna Hotel Group and knowledge partner Teach for Bangladesh while Entreur served as the media partner.
The tournament theme was influenced by AUW’s mission to educate, nurture, and empowers young South Asian women. 56 Debaters across Bangladesh have come together in teams of 2 to compete with each other where 18 Adjudicators were present including 4 Chief Adjudicator Panelist with a total of 150 people joining the event in this 2-day event which took place on both Discord and Zoom platforms. The event was divided into two days where on the first day 4 preliminary rounds took place and on the last day semifinal and final rounds took place.
The closing ceremony was attended by Asian University for Women’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Nirmala Rao, OBE, FAcSS, along with Professor AKM Moinurzzaman Mollah, Professor Ahmedul Kabir, Professor Sharin Shajahan, Mr. Manoj Prasad, and many more were the winners of the AUW IV 2021 were announced in the closing ceremony and it was live broadcasted on Facebook.
The winners of the event were the Bangladesh University of Professionals (Open Champion) and North South University (Novice Champion). After the competition, course vouchers as prizes have been awarded to the champions, finalists, and the breaking teams. The certificates have also been distributed among other debaters. Asian University for Women Debating Society (AUWDS) is looking forward to hosting more tournaments in the future to ensure empowering our community of powerful women throughout the process which is in line with the mission and vision of Asian University for Women.