Exploration of the causes of existing inequality and positive change of perspective is needed

Training can sometimes provide a source of ideas for building society or a state. The training is not only aimed at enhancing the individual’s personal limitations and skills. Rather, it is a unique opportunity to better understand and understand the intricacies of inequality needed to change people’s attitudes and attitudes, as well as effective strategies to change people’s inner psychology through various activities.

Recently, a five-day training program was organized by Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) under the EU Funded `Our Lives, Our Health, Our Futures’ Programme. Ananya Kallyan Sangathon (AKS), GRAUS, Khagrapur Mahila Kalyan Samity (KMKS), Progressive, Taungya, Tahzingdong, Trinamul Unnayan Sangstha (TUS), Women’s Education for Advancement and Empowerment (WEAVE), Hill Flower and Zabarang Kalyan Samity’s Program Officer cum Trainers, 3 Master Trainers of 3 Hill Districts and Advocacy Officer of BNPS participated in the event as trainees.

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The main topics of the training were sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality, and gender-based violence which was held at the BNPS conference room from January 23 to 27. Nasrin Begum, Capacity Building Coordinator of BNPS acted as the coordinator of the training. Renowned trainers and development experts from various non-governmental organizations were present as resource persons in the training.

Sanjoy Majumder, Project Manager said, “The change we are working towards is against the existing inequalities and inconsistencies in the society.” And for this, we need to impart the acquired knowledge to all levels of society through our project work and bring the positive attitude of the people. It may not be possible for us alone to bring the desired change. However, if the 12,000 adolescents and women in the Chittagong Hill Tracts involved in this project are aware of their rights and increase their life skills, it is possible to bring sustainable positive change.

Saching U Marma said on behalf of the trainees, ‘The things we have learned through this training will play a role in developing the life skills of adolescent’s girls and young women in our project area. The project is working with marginalized communities in the 3 hill districts of Bangladesh to change the patriarchal mentality along with negative social and family norms, which is influential for the overall development of women in those areas. But we believe that we can move forward in a concerted effort to achieve the desired goal. ”

In her closing remarks, Rokeya Kabir, Executive Director of Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha, said, “It is very important for us as human beings to investigate the causes of inequality. And this requires a positive change of mindset and assertiveness. No matter how much we brag about progress, the culture of humiliation and mountainous discrimination against women is mixed in every corner and cranny of the family and society. The dream with which we have participated in the great war of liberation is to liberate people from the discrimination against people of different identities created by man. Our dream is to make this country our own country of people of all identities – we have not been able to fulfill that even today. In our society, the mental limitation or misery of thinking of women as equal citizens is a big obstacle for us to move forward. All participants in this training have the opportunity to play an active role in creating a supportive environment for this. ”

Author: Sumit Banik
Public Heath Activist and Trainer,
Email: [email protected]


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