DCI & RSC Celebrate International Women’s Day 2013

intl_women_dayDistressed Children & Infants International (DCI) and Rights & Sight for Children (RSC) observed International Women’s Day 2013 at all their project areas throughout Bangladesh. A central event was organized with Girl Child Advocacy Forum in Dhaka followed by a huge rally, discussion meeting and award ceremony. The theme of this year’s forum is “Ei Hok Ongikar Nari Nirjaton Noi Ar”. The rally was inaugurated by Meher Afroj Chumki, MP and President of the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Ministry of Women and Child Affairs. About 500 women, men, and children representing 19 organizations joined the rally. The rally started from Teacher-Student Center of Dhaka University and ended at Shishu Academy (National Child Academy).

After the rally, all participants joined a discussion meeting chaired by Dr. Badiul Alam Majumdar, Country Director and President of Girl Child Forum. Meher Afroj Chumki M.P was the Chief Guest. Girl Child Forum showed honor and appreciation to two distinguished women for their significant expertise and achievements in their respective fields by giving awards. The honorable awardees include Jobera Rahman Linu, a former national table tennis champion and a Guinness World Record holder as national table tennis champion 16 times consecutively. She was also an Ambassador of UNICEF. The other recipient was Sara Afreen, an architect and filmmaker. Among a handful of young upcoming Women Producers from Bangladesh, Sara is the first Bangladeshi to graduate from European Audio Visual Entrepreneurs (EAVE) and was awarded with full scholarships from European Commission’s Media Program Fund (Media Mundus) and France’s National Center of Cinematography and the moving image (CNC).

The organizations that attended the rally and discussion include Surovi, TMSS, Caritas Bangladesh, ASD, Life Centre, Nari Maitree, ASF, USC-Canada, Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI), Rights & Sight for Children (RSC), BNWLA, Bangladesh YWCA, Aparajeyo Bangladesh, PSTC, The Hunger Project-Bangladesh, ASAUP, Fraybel Education and School Society, Norail Nari Kallayan Samitee, and Dustho Bekar Kallayan Samitee.

Click here to see photos from the rally and forum