Girls’ Summit 2022 in Rangpur ends
24 March 2022, Rangpur- Lack of equal opportunities is one of the prime barriers to building girls’ leadership. Therefore, to achieve excellence in leadership skill development and equal opportunities at all level is a must, said the adolescent girls participating in a summit.
During the last day of the three-day Girls’ Summit 2022 in Rangpur on Thursday, the girls came up with the urge.
International Development Organisation, Plan International Bangladesh organised the summit where tarticipating girls learnt diverse issues on girls’ rights and leadership through different interactive sessions The topics included- humanitarian rights, body rights, adolescent health, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality, building leadership, skill and opportunities, climate change, protesting violence, communications strategy, etc.
Through discussions, group works, fun games and cultural activities, the adolescent girls were inspired to build themselves up as skilled and responsible leaders. They were also introduced with the pathway towards achieving self-independence.
“Girls have the same rights as boys have. I came to learn from this summit how to reduce the existing discrimination between girls and boys. I will apply this learning in my family at first,” said Shila, an eleven grader from Lalmonirhat.
“We have to boost up our own confidence to achieve successes in life and raise our voice where we will feel discomfort,” said Tamima, an Honors 2nd year student from Dinajpur.
The summit took place from 22 March to 24 March 2022. In his closing remarks, Ashik Billah, Head of Central and Northern Region, Plan International Bangladesh, said, as our country is moving ahead in this 21st century, our girls will move forward breaking the barriers of fears and challenges. Plan International Bangladesh has been working with the children, and youth, especially young girls, with this agenda. We are committed to keep thriving towards in future as well. The summit is part of our initiatives to enhance the capacity of our young girls to achieve excellence in girls’ leadership, so that the grow up becoming responsible citizens of the country.
Kashfia Feroz, Director of Girls’ Rights in Plan International Bangladesh, said, our girls are bound with too many fears in their different stage of life. These barriers of fears need to be challenged, and broken, at ersonal, family, and society level. And we all need to work together against this fear of violence, so that girls can enjoy their full potentials.
Dr. Hrishikesh Sarker – Programme Manager – Sponsorship, Central & Northern Region Programme of Plan International Bangladesh in Rangpur, Ashik Billah and Kashfia Feroz handed over the certificates to the girls at the end of the event.
The 50 participating girls also shared their pledge to work to challenge the obstacles and bring positive changes in their communities with the leadership skills they have achieved in this three-day event.