Neal Walker opens up the curtain of day-2 of the BYLC summit 2014. He gave three practical examples from his life which included his job experience in Kyrgyz Republic. He suggests the followings to the summit delegates:
1) be positive
2) have courage
3) focus on what is important
4) get great people, help them to do the job
5) keep your attitude positive, enable problem solving
6) always assume responsibility for what is your to bear
7) vision-let it lead you.
He discussed the points taking Bangladeshi framework into account. He talked about Bangladesh’s achievements like MDG 2015, poverty alleviation, economic growth.
He found the followings as challenges for Bangladesh:
1) Maximising the youth dividend
2) economic growth with equity
3) achieving stable and inclusive democracy
4) address climate change
Putting the points forward, he asked two questions to the delegates: 1) what would you like to fix or change about Bangladesh?
2) Who inspire you as a leader and why?
He finished his speech spreading his core idea about leadership, “Leadership is something that you earn by action.”
Next Brittany Smith started, will keep you updated.
Brittany is working with UNDP Bangladesh. She talked about human rights. She talked about local human rights present in the constitution of Bangladesh. Bangladesh has signed all the international human rights except, Protection of people from enforced disappearances.
She asked three questions about violence on women, “does this bother you?What can you do about it? What are you obliged to do?”
She asked everybody to become responsible to protect and promote human rights. And we should have active voice.
Neal Walker then described why UNDP has selected the violence against women as a representation of ‘I to we’. He said, “Violence on women is a global problem, and for this we need to be united. We need to become-I to we.” He introduced Dr Sayed Saikh Imtiaz, Associate Professor at the Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka. He shared some shocking global data about violence.
87% women in Bangladesh, according to Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics face violence at home by their husband and family members. NHRC reports that number to be 62%, 18% of which seek justice, 30% do not at all come to the system.
I do have my own comments about the matter as I am working on gender sensitivity of public toilets. And it had brought me to some important findings. I will try to share those later on in a blog.
The second session started around 11:30am and the speakers were Kashfia Nehrin, URP student from BUET, Tahmina Shafique coordinator of VDAY and Mashroof Hossain, Assistant Police Commissioner of Cantonment Zone. Kashfia Nahrin, I guess was quite nervous, as her speech was not much clear. But the goal was understandable-to illustrate the role a woman can play.
Mashroof Hossain has been doing something no other police ever done in Bangladesh. Socialising and reaching out to people. The following tweet will give you an idea about how Mashroof felt about police before joining:
He talked about steps taken by police to stop violence against women. The DMP (Dhaka Metropolitan Police) has an app and it has a dedicated section where violence on women can be reported. He emphasised on speaking up. Though there is corruption and problems with authority, but someone in the chain will definitely help. Not all are corrupted.
Opinion: Listening to people and trying to communicate.