Dec 31, 2021 | Issue 20



Joy Bangla Youth Award 2021: Young Bangla honors young changemakers and nation-builders

CRI’s youth platform Young Bangla conferred Joy Bangla Youth Award (JBYA) 2021 to 15 youth-led organizations for their contributions to society and the country. This year’s award marked Bangladesh’s golden jubilee and Mujib’s birth centenary. The ceremony was held on 20 December 2021 strictly maintaining covid-19 health measures. This year, Young Bangla introduced “Pathfinder of 50”, a special recognition to individuals/initiatives who have made significant contributions to the post-independence nation-building process through leadership, service, initiatives, and research. Radwan Mujib Siddiq, Trustee, CRI, handed over the crests to the JBYA winning organizations, Pathfinders and the jury of the award. HPM Sheikh Hasina, ICT Affairs Advisor to the PM and CRI Chairperson Sajeeb Wazed virtually addressed the ceremony through pre-recorded message.

CRI launched the 6th issue of policy magazine ‘WhiteBoard’

CRI published the sixth issue of its policy magazine ‘WhiteBoard’ in December 2021. Like the previous issues, it also covers multisectoral policy issues. It examines how focusing on the most vulnerable has paid dividends for Bangladesh, and how it can continue to shape policymaking for the next five decades and beyond. The issue takes in-depth look at Bangladesh’s performance as a poverty reducing country in comparison to other top performers such as India, China and Vietnam. It also covers the Rohingya humanitarian response in Cox’s Bazar. It examines the legal avenues available to pursue justice for the Birangona, women who were victims of sexual violence during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971. The issue features pieces on rethinking the minimum-wage, affirmative action in the constitution and moving towards a cashless future.

Bangladesh: From Miracle to Model

CRI released the publications – Bangladesh: From Miracle to Model in September 2021. The flagship publication looks into the fifty-years journey in terms of the socio-economic progress achieved by Bangladesh. In the five-decade long journey the country has transformed from a war-torn nation to one of the fastest growing economies in the world and made spectacular progress in human development fronts. Bangladesh is now considered as a model for other developing countries. The publication provides an account of the Bangladesh’s long-term development visions and the challenges to transform Bangladesh into a developed country by 2041.

Bangladesh: A Green Deal

The publication – Bangladesh: A Green Deal was published ahead of the COP26 Climate Summit. It illustrates how Bangladesh is leading in climate action through its prudent policies, green development strategies and steady transition towards green energy. The country has been playing an instrumental role in the global climate conversations while setting examples by turning climate-related vulnerabilities into opportunities. Many policies, acts and regulations have been enacted over the years to adapt and mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. Bangladesh has renewed the commitment to embrace renewable energy development as part of Bangladesh’s commitment to de-carbonization.

9th and 10th episode of ‘Mujib’ graphic novel released

CRI published the 9th and 10th episode of graphic novel series ‘Mujib’ in December 2021. The series is based on ‘The Unfinished Memoirs’ by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The 9th episode highlights the thrilling story of how young Mujib organized the party in the context of post-partition volatile political situation. The 10th episode covers how young Mujib fought for the rights of Bangalis in the then East Pakistan while he himself was framed and jailed for false allegation.

‘Witnessing History in the Making: Photographs by Anne de Henning, Bangladesh 1971-1972’

Samdani Art Foundation and CRI as partner, are organizing a photo exhibition titled ‘Witnessing History in the Making: Photographs by Anne de Henning, Bangladesh 1971-1972’. The exhibition features never-seen-before photographs of the 1971 Liberation War and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in post independent Bangladesh in 1972, taken by the French photographer Anne de Henning. The opening ceremony took place on 10 December, 2021 and the exhibition will continue till 31 December, 2021 at the national gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. KM Khalid MP, State Minister, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Bangladesh inaugurated the exhibition. Nasrul Hamid MP, State Minister, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources and Trustee, CRI was the special guest of the opening ceremony.

‘Lighting the Fire of Freedom: Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’ travels to Toronto

The exhibition ‘Lighting the Fire of Freedom: Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’ from Dhaka Art Summit 2020, has travelled to Art Gallery of Mississauga, Canada. The inaugural ceremony took place on 18 November, 2021 and the exhibition will continue till 12 January, 2022 at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. The first iteration of the exhibition in 2020, was produced by Samdani Art Foundation and CRI in partnership with ICT Division. Curated by Ruxmini Reckvana Q Choudhury, the exhibition offers intimate and little-known details about the life and work of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (1920-1975), the founding father of Bangladesh.

‘Hasina A Daughter’s Tale’ screened at the Youth Bangla International Film Festival

A special screening of docu-drama ‘Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale’ was held on December 10, 2021 at Youth Bangla International Film Festival 2021, International Hope School’s Theatre Hall, Dhaka. Marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence, Youth Bangla Cultural Foundation has organized the weeklong film festival. The festival opened with the screening of the film ‘Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale'.

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