Journey towards an inclusive Bangladesh
More than one-third of Bangladesh’s population are young people. However, not all youth can enjoy equal rights within society. Race, ethnicity, gender, and social class divide us and this difference restricts a significant portion of youth from accessing great opportunities and marginalizes others to no opportunities at all. As Bangladesh celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence this year, it is time to reflect on what has been achieved and what more needs to be done.
BYLC Youth Leadership Summit 2021, supported by MJF and UK aid, will bring together 400 youth, competitively selected from all over Bangladesh with reputed expert speakers to facilitate an intergenerational dialogue on issues and challenges that limit youth’s inclusive participation in public, private, and civil sectors. The four-day-long summit, to be held virtually through a webinar on Zoom, will focus on listening to the voices of marginalized youth and crafting solutions together to achieve inclusivity in terms of opportunities to work, exercising equal rights, access to better health, livelihood, education, and skills development within the society. Through this Summit, we aim to mobilize youth to take a step forward in building a country that has space for all its citizens, not just the privileged few.
The Summit will consist of plenaries and workshops featuring industry experts and policymakers. Participants will also have the opportunity to network, learn, and practice leadership skills, and share ideas with their peers that can help create an inclusive Bangladesh.