Dhaka, Apr 2 (UNB) - UN Women has launched Innovators against Gender Based Violence competition for young women innovators.
The goal is to give them an opportunity to find innovative solutions to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment, with a specific focus on fighting GBV, said a press release.
Supported by Global Affairs Canada, UN Women is seeking innovators with ground-breaking ideas and solutions to empower women.
The key objective is to support female-led innovations to find new solutions to ensure women and girls are free from violence.
An event was held on Monday at Dhaka University to reach youth, especially young women, with stories of how Bangladeshi women are creating innovative solutions to improve the lives of other women.
Wreetu founder Sharmin Kabir, Female Empowerment Movement founder Zaiba Tahyya, and Tasnim Afroze Tora, CEO of SafeSpace and CFO of Decent Wastepreneurs motivated students and the public with their stories.
The event was also graced by Shoko Ishikawa, UN Women Country Representative; and Dr Syed Ferhat Anwar, Director, IBA-DU; and Trina Oviedo, First Secretary, Global Affairs Canada in Bangladesh.
Ishikawa urged the future business executives to think how they can make the talented female students have equal opportunity to bring out gender equilibrium.
“And this stresses on the point of contextual innovation,” Ishikawa said.
Oviedo said: “We must be innovative and foster innovation in how we work—through our funding mechanisms and by forming new partnerships. We, therefore, further support UN Women’s Innovators Against Gender Based Violence.”
Dr Anwar said that whatever actions businesses take in their enterprises, they need to be cautious about gender equilibrium.
“It is not just about making things look good, we need to be practical and go in-depth so that no women is hurt or further hurt, economically or socially, at all strata of life,” Anwar said.
Dhaka, Apr 2 (UNB) – Bangladesh says it is ready to use South-South Cooperation to share its best practices in population and development for achievement of International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (ICPD PoA).
“We’re also keen to learning from the best practices of our partner countries, UN agencies and taking advantage of the South-South Cooperation (SSC) model to overcome the challenges,” said Md Murad Hassan, state minister for Health and Family Welfare.
He was speaking on the sidelines of the 52nd session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) at UN headquarters on Monday at an event titled ‘South-South Cooperation for the achievement of the ICPD PoA and the 2030 Agenda’.
Murad spoke about the remarkable progress of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led government in achieving ICPD goals and SDGs, said a media statement of Bangladesh’s Permanent Mission to the UN.
He highlighted Bangladesh’s remarkable success in reducing infant, children under five and maternal mortality rates; rise of life expectancy, use of contraceptives; poverty alleviation; development of primary and secondary education and progress in eliminating gender disparities.
He underscored the improvement of primary healthcare service delivery system and establishment of about 14,000 community clinics.
State Minister Murad put forth a set of recommendations to mitigate challenges of achieving ICPD PoA and 2030 agenda. He suggested strengthening SSC, and more investment in the idea of ‘Centers of Excellence’ with focus on population and development.
He suggested increasing opportunities for training and capacity building of SSC focal persons in developing countries, developing a strategic framework for promoting South-South and triangular cooperation to support innovation, new partnerships, knowledge-sharing and scaling up of proven best practices. The other recommendation was to ensure effective political commitment for national policy and budget allocation for SSC.
The Rohingya issue also came up. He urged the international community to come forward for its sustainable solution.
Secretary of Medical Education and Family Welfare Division GM Saleh Uddin made the country statement at the 52th session of CPD.
He said Bangladesh put youth and women development at the heart of national development agenda to materialise Prime Minister Hasina’s vision to transform Bangladesh into a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed country by 2041.
The theme of CPD’s 52nd session is ‘Review and appraisal of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and its contribution to the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’.
The Bangladesh delegation also attended the inauguration of the session marking the 25th anniversary of ICPD PoA.
Dhaka, Apr 1 (UNB)— UN refugee agency UNHCR donated five buses for students of local colleges in Ukhiya and Cox’s Bazar city.
The gesture is part of the agency’s appreciation of the local community’s role in responding to the Rohingya influx since August 2017, UNHCR said in a statement.
A handover ceremony was attended by Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam, Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Kamal Hossain, principals of five colleges, as well as senior UNHCR staff.
Kalam said the local community deserves appreciation for its role after the influx.
DC Hossain thanked UNHCR for their continuous support to the Rohingya as well as the host community.
“We’re very happy to be able to provide this support for college students,” said UNHCR’s Senior Field/Technical Coordinator Oscar Sanchez Pineiro, adding that UNHCR and its partners recognise the impact that the Rohingya response has meant for the host communities.
“This is why we are undertaking a number of initiatives to support the local communities and host government meet some of the arising challenges,” he said.
The initiatives aim to improve the lives of local Bangladeshis in refugee-hosting areas by supporting basic services, education, health, livelihoods and infrastructure initiatives.
Last year, 40 Quick Impact Projects were launched, mostly in Ukhiya and Teknaf, benefitting more than 1,34,000 Bangladeshis. Some of the projects included site and building improvement works in 70 education institutions, both schools and colleges.
Dhaka, Mar 31 (UNB) - Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday said the government wants to bring back all the convicted killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who remain fugitives before the birth centenary celebrations of the Father of the Nation.
He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working to bring back the killers to implement court verdicts.
The Foreign Minister sought cooperation from all in this regard.
He was addressing a function at the law faculty of Dhaka University marking the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation.
Secret Documents of Intelligence Branch on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Vol-1 and 2 were distributed among students at the function.
The government is working to bring back Noor Chowdhury, one of Bangabandhu’s convicted killers, from Canada.
Earlier in Sylhet, the Foreign Minister said he will discuss the issue of bringing back Bangabandhu’s killer from the USA during his next visit there.
Rashed Chowdhury, one of the killers of Bangabandhu, is now living in the USA.
Minister Momen said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all Bangladesh missions abroad will be celebrating the birth centenary by organizing workshops, seminars and meetings.
“We have already directed all our missions abroad in this regard,” he said.
The Foreign Minister said they will celebrate the birth centenary by involving common people. “We can learn about the country and its history if we know Bangabandhu."
He said Bangladesh wants to let the world know about the amazing progress it made over the last 10 years.
“We will let the world know about our achievements by holding various programmes abroad in next two years marking the golden jubilee of the independence of Bangladesh,” he said.
Dhaka, Mar 31 (UNB) - The fourth edition of bilateral political consultations between Bangladesh and Switzerland will be held here on April 2.
The Swiss delegation arrived here on Sunday on a four-day visit.
Ambassador Raphael Nageli, Assistant State Secretary for Asia-Pacific of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, and Ambassador Kamrul Ahsan, Secretary (Bilateral and Consular), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, will lead the respective delegations during the consultations.
The two sides will review the progress made so far and discuss ways to further strengthening relations in the areas of economy, development cooperation and humanitarian aid.
Both the countries will also discuss a wide range of multilateral, regional and global topics of mutual interest during the consultations, according to Swiss Embassy in Dhaka.
The Swiss delegation, which also includes Ambassador Thomas Gass, the Assistant Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, will visit Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar to get a first-hand impression about the ongoing humanitarian crisis.
Ambassador Nageli and the Swiss delegation will meet with the representatives of the civil society and business, diplomatic community, international organizations and INGOs during their visit.