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Girl Guides for empowering girls to change society

Update : 08 Oct 2013, 04:09 AM

Participants at a Girl Guides camp on Monday discussed the role of girls in achieving the millennium development goals and stressed on empowering them to change society. 

The day-long event was held at the Barisal Islamia College as a part of the celebrations marking “girl-child day” with the theme “girl-child in leadership”. An oath- taking ceremony of Girl Guides Rangers was also held at the college campus.

The camp was conducted by regional trainer Shamsun Nahar, junior trainer Sumaiya Tabassum and Ranger Tanima Rahman Khan. The oath ceremony was led by Faizun Nahar, regional commissioner of Bangladesh Girl Guides Association.

Mohsin Ul Islam Habul, acting principal of the college, was chief guest at the closing ceremony, while Rangers Dinara Begum and Jebunnesa Begum were present as special guests.

The guests and participants said the girls of today are future mothers, so they should be extended special care for their proper physical, psychological and social development.

The participants received different types of life-skill training, with emphasis on attaining leadership skills and self-sufficiency not only in family matters, but in all spheres of social life and national activities. They also stressed on the role of girls in achieving the millennium development goals of eliminating hunger and poverty. They also called for ensuring women’s equal participation in decision-making in all fields to end all sorts of gender discrimination.

Identifying lack of skills, confidence and opportunities as the main reasons for backwardness of girls and women in Bangladesh, they recommended spreading Girl Guide activities for ensuring their education, leadership and skill development, employment, economic emancipation and political empowerment.  

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