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Youth For Change Bangladesh (Yfc-Bd): Young Men’s Effort To Establish Women’s Rights

Youth for Change Bangladesh (YFC-BD) is a Rangpur-based youth organization, started working back in 2015 and eventually became a registered youth organization under the Department of Youth Development (DYD), Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) of the Government of Bangladesh in 2019. YFC-BD has been working on the issues of gender-based violence (GBV), sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), and youth development. It arranges capacity-building programs on various topics such as gender, climate action, and youth development. The trainers of YFC-BD have conducted sessions on these topics in different districts of Bangladesh, such as Dhaka, Barisal, Bhola, Rangpur, Patuakhali, and Khulna. YFC-BD, in collaboration with Barisal Youth Society (BYS), Plan International, Concerned Women for Family Development (CWFD), and Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), ran several campaigns against rape and sexual harassment.

YFC-BD is working to create a scope of capacity building for the young people of Bangladesh. It has a pool of talented young trainers who have proven experience as facilitators on diverse topics such as gender, sexual and reproductive health rights, campaign design, advocacy, and movement building. The trainers of YFC-BD have conducted sessions on these topics in different districts of Bangladesh, such as Dhaka, Barisal, Bhola, Rangpur, Patuakhali, and Khulna. After these training sessions, 270 young men and women were seen to be motivated and become changemakers.

There are numerous innovative and effective campaigns implemented by YFC-BD which had notable positive impacts on society. There are mentionable successful programs of YFC BD-

  • Beat the Myth – The Beat the Myth campaign was held in Rangpur to celebrate the 16 days of activism in 2019, and it was a combination of a game show and info-sessions which aimed to eradicate the prevalent social myths regarding rape and to eradicate the practice of victim-blaming, which is a common practice in our society. The participants were the students of Rangpur, the Honorable Mayor of Rangpur City Corporation, the Officer in Charge of Tajhat Metro Police, and other local community leaders who also participated in the event.
  • Safe Digital Space for Girls – is a campaign workshop on online safety measures and internet literacy, primarily targeted at adolescent girls and women, and it has been held in different districts of Bangladesh until that day. Already more than 25 episodes of this campaign have been carried out in Dhaka, Thakurgaon, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Barisal, Moulvibazar, and Habiganj with the help of local partners.
  • Ask & Act – This is a continuous online campaign, and has already aired more than 30 episodes through Facebook live streaming. The topics of these episodes ranged from gender equality to youth development – and the participants were youth activists, resource persons from the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and CSOs, officials from NGOs, and INGOs. The ‘Ask & Act’ campaign has a combined reach of about 4,00,000 by the day.
  • Dhaka Girls Empowerment – The Dhaka Girls Empowerment Project covers 15 schools and Madrashas of Dhaka and mainly focuses on empowering young champions, the students of these institutions, on GBV and SRHR.
  • Youth Moves (Y-Moves) – The Y-Moves project covers 40 districts of Bangladesh, and this project aims to strengthen the CSOs to provide positive narratives towards SRHR and GBV.
  • YMAP – The YMAP project aims to conduct a mapping and SWOT analysis of registered and non-registered youth organizations in Bangladesh.

Major Achievements till Date:

  • Joy Bangla Youth Award 2020” Winner
  • Received a ‘Certification with Distinction’ award from United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in 2017