Apr 22 2021

‘Youth must stand up for justice’

Speakers at a webinar discussed the opportunities and struggles of the country’s youth for securing a livelihood in today’s tough economy.

They also shared their personal experiences, struggles, and achievements to inspire youth toward definite action. The youth must come forward and establish equality by standing up for justice, they said.

Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) hosted the webinar held on Sunday on the occasion of Bangabandhu National Youth Day. UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) supported the event.

The objective of the webinar was to shed light on the current status of youth leadership in different aspects and give perspective on what the future holds for today’s youth, said a press release.

Given the significance of the Mujib Year, the Bangabandhu National Youth Day 2020” was celebrated with grandiose, focusing on creating livelihood and reminding youth of the potential they hold.

A number of youths, who have been contributing greatly to society, attended the programme. Of them, Mithun Das Kabbo, the founder of a grassroots NGO called Alokito Shishu, is currently running two schools in Bede and Sweeper community providing formal education to children of underprivileged communities.

Rani Chowdhury is a youth volunteer of Bandhu Social Welfare Society (Bandhu) working for the transgender/hijra population across Bangladesh. As a young and pioneering social entrepreneur she has provided food support to 2000 families during the Covid-19.

The 22-year-old physics student Md. Naimul Hasan Shanto has created a group of 150 blood donors. He is also involved in raising awareness against drug addiction, child marriage and eve-teasing. Hasanur Rahaman is an active youth leader of BGS MJF Youth Project.

“Real knowledge means human education, education of values, education of knowing oneself, education of thinking about life. And our children are being deprived of this knowledge from the very early stage of their life,” said Asaduzzaman Noor MP, who attended the webinar as the chief guest.

Speaking on the occasion as special guest, Shaheen Anam, Executive Director of MJF, said, “Courage is a name synonymous with youth. Our young leaders must stand up against injustice and take responsibility to promote equality in society.”

The webinar was moderated by Adnin Mourin, Manager of Operations at BYLC.

This programme was organized jointly with IED, FIVDB, Bandhu Social Welfare Society, Ghashful, BGS, VAFWSD, JSKS, LEDARS, and ESDO.