UN Volunteers (UNV) in Bangladesh and UN Women Bangladesh will arrange a webinar titled "Volunteerism and Reimagining Youth Skills Post-Pandemic" to mark World Youth Skills Day Thursday.
The government, NGOs, INGOs, VIOs, CSOs, UN, youth organisations, corporate sector, civil society and other key stakeholders will join the session that will begin at 2:30pm.
It will highlight the current situation of access to training and skill development for young people – namely for women – and also address the effective aspects of volunteerism for enhancing youth skills and opportunities.
Issues such as promoting learning opportunities, advocating to ensure a better skill-developing environment, engagement in volunteering activities, and sensitising relevant authorities and stakeholders, will be discussed.
Md Sayedul Islam, secretary of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Subhra Bhattacharjee, strategic planner and head of United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office in Bangladesh, Md Azharul Islam Khan, director general (additional secretary) of the Department of Youth Development, Aktar Uddin, country coordinator of UNV Bangladesh, Giulia Pelosi, programme specialist of Ending Violence against Women of UN Women, LigayaLaoengDumaoang, TVET specialist of ILO Bangladesh, Alisha Pradhan, founding CEO of HerNet TV, will be present at the session as speakers.
The event will be broadcast live from the Facebook pages of UNV Bangladesh and UN Women Bangladesh.
Covid-19 has impacted young people especially women in profound ways, amplifying the inequalities that they face every day, said the UN office in Dhaka.
Though distance or online training has become the most common way of imparting skills, it comes with considerable difficulties and many young people do not have access to it.
In this regard, volunteerism can play a vital role too to promote participation and skill development of youth and women, said the UN office.