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HerStory fellows picture a day in their lives in 2040

  • Published at 04:18 pm February 18th, 2020
HerStory fellows picture a day in their lives in 2040
HerStory fellows during a training session which held on January 24-25 at Independent University, Bangladesh in Dhaka Courtesy

The fellows, in particular, explored their preferred futures for Dhaka city, Dinajpur town, and Poittola village for visualizing and backward planning on what has to be done overall, and what they themselves can do now and in the years until 2041

How many futures does a person have? How many alternative futures can we imagine for ourselves, and the world as a whole? 

17 HerStory fellows embarked on a journey to address these questions at a training session held on January 24-25 at Independent University, Bangladesh. 

‘Storytelling and Alternative Futures’, the training session hosted by HerStory Foundation, was conducted by renowned educator Shakil Ahmed. 

“It is important that the fellows understand the role of storytelling in shaping the future. The stories they tell today will result in the future tomorrow,” said Ahmed. 

The workshop intended to engage the participants in imagining alternative, preferred visions of the future and becoming better storytellers. They also learned how to relate concepts of future with lessons from ‘Supergirls’ such as Prof Siddiqua Kabir, Nomita Halder, Zaya Chakma, and Rokia Afzal Rahman.

The fellows, in particular, explored their preferred futures for Dhaka city, Dinajpur town, and Poittola village for visualizing and backward planning on what has to be done overall, and what they themselves can do now and in the years until 2041.

Participants of a workshop by hosted by HerStory fopundation at Independent University, Bangladesh | Courtesy

The fellows acted out their visions of the future believing that if you can imagine or visualize the future, you can work towards making it possible. 

“In the ‘A day in our life in 2040’ acting segment, we performed and acted out the changes we want to see in our future. It was incredibly educational and enjoyable,” shared Shamsad Navia Novelly, a participant. 

The one-year fellowship program trained 17 fellows to read HerStories: Adventures of Supergirls, a series of illustrated children’s books about the lives of exceptional women from Bangladesh and Bengal, in engaging ways, and to host discussions about gender equality, life-planning, and respect. 

The stories were read to sixth grade students from underserved communities to guide them through discussions of key topics like social responsibility and civil rights.

This pilot project has reached 10 disadvantaged communities and around 500 people in Dhaka. The Foundation aims to double that number in 2020.

HerStory Foundation is a non-profit organization that creates innovative content for development, with a focus on gender equality, youth empowerment, and women’s rights. HerStories: Adventures of Supergirls features 42 women pioneers from present day Bengal and Bangladesh.