A seminar titled “Youth Against Gender-Based Violence” has been held in the Jaago Foundation, a Bangladeshi non-government organisation (NGO), office marking the International Youth Day.
Some 20 young students from different institutions have attended the seminar jointly organised by Inner Wheel Club, You Foundation and Jaago Foundation on Sunday.
The participants have expressed their opinion on the role of youths in curbing violence in the society.
Speakers stressed on the united effort of the youths for preventing violence in the society. Equal rights have to be ensured for all irrespective of gender. The elders have to guide the youths and the country will thrive if the energy of the youths can be utilised properly.
Sharmin Hossain, Chairman of District 345 at Inner Wheel Club, said: “The youth has snatched independence for our nation and they have always come forward in any crisis situation of the country.”
“Other members of the family should behave in a friendly manner with the young members so that they would not deviate from their right path and get involve in violence.”
Inner Wheel Club Adviser Barrister Fatema Sobhan pointed out that there is no place for any sort of gender-based discrimination in our constitution.
“The constitution treats everyone in an equal manner,” the barrister added.
She asked the students to take immediate legal steps in case of any sort of violence takes place. She also suggested the students to file formal complaint at the magistrate’s court if any police station refuses to lodge a complaint.
Vice-Chairman of We Foundation Rupa Khan said: “One should be accountable to oneself for his/her actions. We should be stirring our conscience. All should come forward in a body against any sort of violence.”
Jaago Foundation Senior Manager Nadi Rashid has pointed that a larger part of our population is comprised with the youths and they can bring any kind of change if they wish.
“On the flip side, the violence in the society increases when the youths get deviated,” Nadi added.
The speakers opined that a united endeavour of youths is a precondition for preventing any sort of violence in the society and the elders have to guide the youths so that they can play role in developing society.
The article was first published on banglatribune.com