Young Bangla, the youth platform of CRI, in collaboration with UNDP, Bangladesh and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) launched ‘Women’s Safety in Public Places (WSPP) Campaign’ on October 14, 2020 through a webinar. Earlier, in March 2020, the Young Bangla and Human Rights Program of UNDP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote women’s safety in public places.
The ‘Women’s Safety in Public Places’ campaign aims to create positive perception, attitude and behavior change for equal rights of women and girls through massive awareness raising activities among youth and other relevant actors, particularly on women safety concerns. Also, it aims to facilitate necessary policy reform to comprehensively address gender-based violence and harassment in public places.
CRI Trustee and Vice Chairman Saima Wazed Hossain, UNDP Country Director Sudipto Mukherjee and and Nasima Begum ndc, Chairman, National Human Rights Commission attended the launching ceremony. State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatun Nessa Indira MP, State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak MP, Aroma Dutta MP, Chief Coordinator for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Cell, Prime Minister’s Office, Zuena Aziz, and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Benazir Ahmed joined a panel discussion as part of the online launching.
While launching the campaign, Saima Wazed said she wants everyone in the country to be taught the way she teaches her children that women and men are no different. “We’re all equal. Let’s pay the deserved respect to women at home, outside home, on the streets, in schools, and the workplace,” she said. She added, “Boys have to be educated on gender equality from home so that education reflects on their behavior when they grow up and play a role in the family. So, it all starts at home.”
A CG explaining the campaign with a brief overview, a theme song and an audio-visual depicting how women fall prey to sexual harassment were played during the launching event. Three youth change-maker shared their plan to run the campaign.
Ten youth-led organizations along with the youth representatives of UNDP- Human Rights Program will be leading the community-based campaign activities in the five divisions and six districts of Bangladesh.
Since its inception, Young Bangla has been carrying out, along with its youth organizations, a series of activities such as Let’s Talk, workshops to advocate for women’s safety and empowerment.