Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) organized an event titled ‘Youth Leading Change’ on April 7 at Independent University Bangladesh (IUB), which featured talks from ten young change makers, who have gone through BYLC leadership programs and engaged in impactful social initiatives driving positive change in Bangladesh. The speakers represented students from different backgrounds and have discussed pressing challenges facing Bangladesh, introducing new ideas and solutions to mitigating those problems.
Highlighting the power of technology in providing inclusive solutions for underserved communities, Tasnim Jara spoke about her initiative, Aroggo, a crowdfunding platform for needy patients, and Muhammad Sumon Molla Selim spoke about his company, Let’s Learning Coding, and how coding has the power to solve youth unemployment. Breaking the silence on topics that are considered taboo in our society, Anwar Ahmad, Program Coordinator of Campaign RED, discussed the idea of open conversations surrounding menstruation, and Iffat Jahan Tusher, Founder and Head of Operations, Ground Zero, highlighted the importance of talking to children about sexual abuse to help them protect themselves. Imran Ahsan, founder of Think Twice Act Wise, spoke about his campaign of promoting positive content through social media platforms to combat extremism, and Monoshita Ayruani, Director, WebAble Digital, spoke about her project, Made in Equality which is changing perceptions through impactful storytelling.
Rubina Akter, Senior Protection Assistant, UNHCR, highlighted how listening to refugee stories has contributed to peace building between Bangladeshi and Rohingya communities in the refugee camps and surrounding areas. Aflatun Kaesar Zilany, News Editor, Nature Study Digest, spoke about the importance of connecting urban youth to nature. Tasmiah Alam, co-founder and Creative Head of Hootum, spoke about the need for equal representation and participation of men and women in Bangladeshi media. Almeer Ahsan Asif, Deputy Manager, Curriculum Development, Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center, highlighted respect and values based teaching as a tool in education.