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Workshop to prepare the Women’s Safety activists

Young Bangla organized a three-day orientation workshop on ‘Women’s Safety in Public places-WSPP’ from Feb 01 to Feb 02 2021 to prepare the youth for the field-based campaign management to uphold women’s safety in public places.

Although the workshop was supposed to be held through residential training hence the workshop is organized through the virtual medium due to the unprecedented calamity Covid-19. The first day’s ‘Introductory Session’ was addressed by Andrew Macgregor, Chief Technical Advisor, HRP- UNDP, Azahar Hossain, Assistant Director NHRC, and Syed Mafiz Kamal, Coordinator, CRI. Basic understanding of Human Rights, Human A rights-based approach, Gender, GBV and Sexual Harassment in Public Places was covered respectively by Shankor Paul, Communities & Minorities Expert UNDP-HRP and Bithika Hasan Gender Expert UNDP-HRP. A group work session outlined the ‘Present Scenario of Women’s Safety in Public Place’.

‘Day-2’ of the three-day-long workshop on ‘Women’s Safety in Public Places (WSPP)’ covered the discussion on- campaign overview, guiding Principles, campaign approaches, situation analysis, campaign checklist, writing, and reporting, terms of engagement, resources, process, and structure, management of volunteers, Do-s and Don’ts of Managing Volunteers, dealing with stress and conflicts among team members and many more following the ‘WSPP Workshop Module’ by Habibur Rahaman, Associate Coordinator, Young Bangla-CRI.

Day-3′ the concluding day of the three-day-long workshop on ‘Women’s Safety in Public Places (WSPP)’ covered the topics- campaign communication and visibility, financial and administrative management and monitoring and reporting mechanism. The session facilitators were Md. Abdul Quayyum, Head of Communication-UNDP, Oli Md. Abdullah Chowdhury, Advocacy and Communication Expert-HRP-UNDP, Shibu Kumar Shill, Associate Coordinator, Young Bangla-CRI, Durlov Choudhury, Nondon Paul, HRP-UNDP, Mong Sing Neo Programme Officer HRP-UNDP and Effat Ara Parvin, Coordinator, Young Bangla-CRI. The overall workshop session was hosted by Israt Farzana Tanni, Assistant Coordinator, Young Bangla, CRI.

Most of the participants remarked the workshop as interactive and meaningful and showed their keen interest to unite for a great cause to combat all form of sexual harassment against women.

WSPP is a nationwide action-focused awareness-raising campaign to bring positive transformation on perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors of youth, community members and relevant stakeholders regarding ‘Women’s Safety in Public Places’. Another aim of this intervention is to identify policy gaps that require immediate attention to address this issue at the policy level. Ten (10) Joy Bangla Youth Award-winning organizations along with the youth representatives of UNDP- Human Rights Programme will be leading the community-based campaign activities in the five divisions and six districts of Bangladesh.

The campaign is a collaborative initiative of UNDP- Human Rights Programme, National Human Rights Commission-NHRC and Centre for Research and Information –CRI’s youth platform Young Bangla. The campaign was launched on 14th October 2020 by Saima Wazed Hossain, Advisor to the Director-General, WHO on Mental Health and Autism, Vice-Chairperson and Trustee, CRI.