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GJD organizes dialogue on Gender Equality and Youth

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22 January 2013, Dhaka. BRAC  Gender Justice and Diversity Division (GJD) organized a Youth Dialogue  on “Gender Equality and Youth” with a support from Youth Forum for  Poverty Alleviation and Development (YFPAD) in BRAC Auditorium, BRAC  Centre on January 22, 2013. Sheepa Hafiza, Director, Gender Justice  & Diversity and Migration, BRAC graced as the chief guest while  Ahsanul Islam, Program Head and Gabriel Baroi, Program Coordinator  attended as special guests. YFPAD President Raquibul Islam chaired and  Secretary General GalibIbn Anwarul Azim moderated the session.

YFPAD  is a new generation youth platform which promotes youth inclusion to  development, and had been a partner of BRAC Advocacy Unit for Social  Change for last two years. The platform contributed to the BRAC advocacy  campaign on ultra-poverty issues titled ‘Challenging the Frontiers of  Poverty Reduction- Targeting the Ultra Poor (CFPR-TUP)’ successfully.

This  dialogue is a part of a GJD-YFPAD joint campaign titled ‘Awakening  Youth Campaign for Reducing Vulnerability of Women’ that aims to engage  youth actively into gender equality and women empowerment processes.  About 50 youth leaders from 30 youth led voluntary groups participated  in the dialogue and discussed how to include younger people –both women  and men—in existing development practices to reduce different forms of  violence against women and girls. They vowed to work as agents of change  through a commitment and to form an allied network involving youth  towards gender equality and women empowerment. They also agreed to join  the upcoming collective initiatives undertaking by GJD and YFPAD. These  include awareness workshops, alternative youth parliament, essay  competition, video documentary contest, photography contest, wall  magazine competitions in schools, awareness creating cycle rally and  many more!

The youth led organizations comprise of Counterpart  International; Economics Study Centre, Dhaka University; Business and  Economics Forum, BRAC University; Initiative For Peace; Voluntary Work  for Social Change; Architecture Lab Ltd; Humanity Foundation; Young  Pioneers; Dhaka University Reading Club; Dhaka University Film Society;  Dhaka University Debating Society;  Jahangirnagar University Debating  Society; North South University Debating Club; Asian University Debating  Club; Green University Debating Club; Spondon Madrasha Debating  Society; Dhaka City College Debating Club; BRAC University Art Society;  BRAC University Adventure Club.

Participants from other  organizations also like Center for Policy Dialogue; Department of Women  and Gender Studies, DU and BRAC Development Institute attended the  dialogue.

GJD as part of its innovation is prioritizing the  involvement of youth in its programs. GJD realizes that many problems  including violence and sexual harassment against girls cannot address  effectively unless youth, boys and men are included in the drives.


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