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LIFE IN SHAMBLES

On my trip to Sunamganj in April, I met 32-year-old Nazma Khatun who spoke to me about her woes: “All of our cultivated paddies have gone under water. Our livelihood, children’s education, food, treatment, and shelter are under threat as we depend on the paddy. We took Tk30,000 as a loan from a Local NGO to cultivate. I don’t know how I will return the loan.”
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16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM COMING UP

Violence against women and girl is a severe human rights abuse that continues to take place on a daily base all over the word, also in Bangladesh. With interactive theatre performances in different parts of Dhaka, youth happenings, discussion fora, media training and a robust social media presence using #SafeCities, #SafeCitiesBecause and #16DaysofActivism, we call on ending violence against women during this year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign.
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AN UNCERTAIN LIFE: ROHINGYA EXODUS TO BANGLADESH

The influx of refugees from Rohingya into Bangladesh is now over 370,000, with the figures rising daily. They are supported by the Bangladesh government, local and international NGOs, and host communities
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ROLE MODELS- BOTH ON AND OFF THE PITCH

Brimming with happiness, young Sumona declared, “I play to win”, when she was asked about her heroic performance which led her team, Chanpara Croatia Football Team to victory over their opponents for the day, Chanpara France Football Team.
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NOT A SAFE CITY FOR WOMEN

As a woman living in Dhaka, one who doesn’t own a car and needs to use public transport services, I must tell you this. Commuting to and back from work is hell. It’s a war; and I do not say this because I have to travel a really long distance, which frankly, I don’t. It’s only about 11 km. It’s also not the fact that there is no direct transportation service from my home to my workplace, that I have to take 4 different vehicles (3 rikshas and 1 bus) and then walk the last part of the distance. These would have been ordeal enough, if I was not faced with something even more terrifying: The sheer hatred of women
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Model youth parliament passes the “Dhaka Youth Declaration 2011”

ACTIVISTA Bangladesh and ActionAid Bangladesh’s Communication Unit in collaboration with United Nations Youth and the Students Association of Bangladesh (UNYSAB) were responsible for planning this unique event.
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MODEL YOUTH PARLIAMENT PASSES THE “DHAKA YOUTH DECLARATION 2011”

Many say “youth are the future leaders” but I must say, youth are the leaders of today not tomorrow. They have proved it once again during the Model Youth Parliament held in Dhaka from 5th to 8th March 2011.
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I HAVE A TARGET OF ZERO ACHIEVEMENT

When I first came to know about HIV/AIDS, I could relate it to nothing but genocide. Nothing much has changed over the years, my point of view is somewhat the same till date. I mean what can possibly be said about a disease where patients kill patients?
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FLOOD TAKING HIGH TOLL ON THE POOR OF SOUTHWEST COAST

The heavy downpour of the last few weeks has triggered floods and water-logging in Satkhira, Khulna and Jessore districts displacing over 1.25 million people with colossal damage to crops, infrastructures and livelihoods. The figures projected by the Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are varying from that of the national newspapers. In present circumstances, it is difficult to ascertain accurately – which is why International NGOs are sharing in respect of information and assessment.
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