036: Paving the Way for Women in Bangladesh with Afshana Diya

In Episode 36, we talk with Afshana Diya about getting involved in the WordPress community, what it’s like to be the only female organizer for WordCamp, learning WordPress as a teenager, and getting started right out of school in WordPress.

About Afshana Diya:

Afshana Diya is Growth Strategist & CMO of WPDeveloper where she is helping to accelerate business growth and the company is currently serving 500,000+ users from 120+ countries.

Prior to her current position, she has worked with a couple of WordPress product companies to get results by changing the way they use their digital channels.

She is the co-organizer of WordCamp Dhaka and she has attended spoken in many international WordCamps around south Asia.

Find Afshana Diya: WPDeveloper.net | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn

036: Paving the Way for Women in Bangladesh with Afshana Diya

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Show Notes

The Bangladesh community has been active since 2011 with 22,000 people. Their meetup has 200-300 people.

  • WordCamp Dhaka – https://twitter.com/wcdhaka
  • WordCamp Singapore – https://twitter.com/wordcampsg
  • WordCamp Jakarta, Indonesia – https://twitter.com/wcjkt
  • Rocio Valdivia helped her a lot with getting involved with the WordPress community – @rociovaldi Community Wrangler @ Automattic for WordCamp Central. She is also a Spanish WordPress and Buddypress developer.
  • Dhaka Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Dhaka-WordPress-Meetup/
  • First WordCamp Dhaka: the first 400 tickets sold out in 14 minutes. They had 800 attendees. Afshana was only female organizer of the WordCamp, and there was only one female speaker with very few female attendees. Afshana gathered female attendees afterward to encourage their engagement and help them feel comfortable in this
  • 70 or 80 males and only 2 females makes people uncomfortable.
  • She took a website from 50,000 to 700,000 users in two years.
  • Like so many people, she was disappointed about the cancelation of WordCamp Asia from COVID. She was also supposed to be attending WordCamp in Washington, DC.  and had tickets for the United States and that got canceled.
  • She tries to make websites accessible to users with proper landing pages, documentation, and more.
  • She didn’t get involved with the WordPress community for a long time because she thought it was just for developers. All the organizers are pure hard-core developers. It took her time working with Rocio to get involved and feel like Designers and Marketing people could also be part of the community.
  • Afshana studied marketing and “e-business” and in school built WordPress site with WooCommerce as an assignment.
  • Attending WordCamps in Singapore and Jakarta got her super motivated to get involved in the community and be a part of the first WordCamp Dhaka 2019.
  • Join the WordPress Community Team!


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