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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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WHO SHOULD GET THE MONEY: WEALTHY COMPANIES OR WOMEN TRYING TO MAKE THEIR CITIES SAFE FROM VIOLENCE?

From an early age, I experienced some of the problems of women’s mobility in the city myself. Whether a woman or girl is working outdoors or a homemaker, educated or empowered, the situation is broadly the same. We often must begin the day thinking about how to dress in order to be safe, and then where to sit, dawn or dusk, to use public transport or not, and so many other issues (that amount to personal defence) just in order to move within our own communities. This is not freedom to access our cities.
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ONE YEAR MARK OF THE ROHINGYA EXODUS AND ARTICLE 14 OF THE DHAKA DECLARATION

In April 2018 ActionAid and partners adopted the Dhaka Declaration at the International Conference on the Rohingya Refugee Crisis and pledged to uphold its clauses. Article 14 of the Declaration holds us committed to ‘emphasize the need to constructively build on the strengths of the Rohingya population, particularly women and girls, and engage them as leaders in the design of any future sustainable development solutions in line with the SDGs’. Today on the eve of the one year ‘anniversary’ of this historic exodus and after a year of frenzied humanitarian intervention and advocacy, it is time to take stock of where we stand
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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE ROHINGYA REFUGEE CRISIS: TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS

Background The current Rohingya population taking refuge in Bangladesh amounts to over 1 million, with the majority comprising women and children. They are one of the most vulnerable groups of people deprived of basic human rights in the world today.
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ROHINGYA CRISIS: CHILDREN ARE SMILING AGAIN

In this sad world today, about 65 million people are refugees or forcefully displaced, according to a UNHCR report. The reality is grave for a person seeking refuge in another country, who do not have any guarantee of coming back to their own land, which they use to call home once.
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RUBY SAID- “NO”: ONE YEAR AFTER THE INFLUX

It was a hot summer afternoon at the Balukhali 2 Camp. I was talking to a few girls there. I wanted to know about their life in Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar. And there she was. Let’s say her name was Ruby. Now, Ruby was smiling shyly while the other girls were teasing her. Being curious, I wanted to know what the reason was. One of the girls said Ruby talks to her would-be husband all night long. And for that, she keeps four cell phones. The girl is only at her adolescence; 15 or 16 years old at best. I reminded Ruby of the proper age for a girl to get married. After all, she was still a child. To my happy surprise, Ruby smiled back and said, “I am not marrying now. I will be 18 before he will come to meet me.”
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ONE YEAR MARK OF THE ROHINGYA EXODUS AND ARTICLE 14 OF THE DHAKA DECLARATION

In April 2018 ActionAid and partners adopted the Dhaka Declaration at the International Conference on the Rohingya Refugee Crisis and pledged to uphold its clauses.
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CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY 2018: AN ACTIONAID BANGLADESH WAY FOR CLAIMING SAFE SPACES FOR YOUTH

ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB) is working with the young people and their constituencies, across the level, to empower and helping them become active citizens and change agents to challenge the unequal and unjust power relationship embedded in the social and political structures. Programmatic interventions of AAB engage young people, living in exclusion, particularly with young women and marginalized groups that are excluded based on their identity and locality. And all these engagements are meant to create spaces for young people to convene, facilitate and co-create with the local struggles and connect with progressive social movements, at local, national, regional and international levels
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YOUNG PEOPLE’S DEMANDS IN ACHIEVING SDGS

Ever since its launch in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have become this new buzzword across the world. Even more so, in the development sector. The guidelines to this generation’s moon shot- the SDGs state that participation across all sectors- government, private and the community, is critically essential in reaching the SDGs by 2030. The government of Bangladesh submitted a VNR on the progress of SDGs in 2017, and as development practitioners, we are keen on supplementing these efforts.
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