National Sharing on 8th CEDAW Shadow Report
Citizens’ Initiatives on CEDAW, Bangladesh (CIC-BD) is a platform of 53 non-government women and human rights organizations working for the full ratification and implementation of CEDAW recently developed 8th CEDAW Shadow Report 2015. The report addresses all the Concluding Observation provided by the Un CEDAW Committee. Details
Fortnight Activism on Violence Against Women and Girls
Steps Towards Development observed 16 days activism violence against women and girls with enthusiasm with the active engagement of youth in 13 districts with the assistance of local networks and NGOs. The programs were partially supported by ‘Aparajita-Political Empowerment of Women, Agnijita- Political Empowerment of Marginalized Women through Responsive Governance and Services and Active Citizens Youth Leadership Programme’. Details
Death Anniversary Observation of Sufia Kamal
The programs to observe death anniversary of Sufia Kamal were took place in four divisions and in 13 districts in between 22-30 November 2015 with the assistance of local networks and NGOs. The programs were partially supported by ‘Aparajita-Political Empowerment of Women, Agnijita- Political Empowerment of Marginalized Women through Responsive Governance and Services’. Details
Women's Political Empowerment : Gender Responsive Governance and Services, Experience of APARAJITA Program.
Steps Towards Development hosted a National Sharing on “APARAJITA Political Empowerment of Women: Gender Responsive Governance and Services” on 4 November 2015 at 9:30 am at CIRDAP Auditorium, Dhaka. Organizations represented at the Alliance include Democracywatch, Khan Foundation and PRIP Trust. Honorable State Minister for the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA) Meher Afroze Chumki, MP was present as the chief guest of the program. Member of Parliament Fazilatunnesa Indira MP, Chhobi Biswas MP, Nazmul Haq Prodhan MP, Jebunnesa Afroz Hiron MP, Sagufta Yasmin Emily MP, Kazi Rozy MP, Selina Jahan Lita MP were the special guests of the program, Maleka Banu, General Secretary, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, Representative from Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, Bangladesh and Chief Executives of Aparajita Alliance Organizations was also present as Guest of Honor. Ms. Rekha Saha, Director Steps Towards Development presented a Study findings on “APARAJITA Experience on Political Empowerment of Women: Gender Responsive Governance and Services.” In the study, the contribution of women political leaders in the arena of Gender Responsive Governance and Services at Local Government was reflected. The chief guest Honorable State Minister for the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA) expressed that; “Present “Pro-women” government is formulating laws and provisions and taking positive initiatives for women advancement, but as the empowerment process is a lengthy and continues process it will take much time and there will be so many obstacles. We have to face it and take our movement forward. Joint initiatives from government, civil society organizations and development partners required to achieve the ultimate goal.
Active Citizens Youth Leadership Training (ACYLT):
Active Citizens Youth Leadership Training (Batch: Steps_04) was held at Steps’ Conference Room (3/4, Block-D, Lalmatia, Dhaka) from 27 to 30 October 2015. The four days training was organized and facilitated by Steps Towards Development with the support by British Council. Details.
Active Citizens Youth Leadership Training (ACYLT)
Since its inception Steps always tried to promote and engage youth in its programme and planning as well. In association the theme `Globally connected, Locally engaged’ with British Council Steps Towards Development facilitated three Active Citizens Youth Leadership Training at Amtali, Barguna (7-10 September at NSS Training Centre), Kalapara (17-20 September at Pauroshava Auditorium) and Patuakhali Sadar (12-15 September at Scout Bhaban) in the month of September 2015. The total numbers of participants of the three batches were 88 (female- 41 and male-47). Participants’ age between 18-30 years and they are from different communities, ethnicity, and strata of the society as well. Details
CITIZEN'S VOICE ON: Sustainable Development Goal-SDG
Action/2015 Bangladesh Coalition organized a press conference to express civil society stand on SDG titled ‘Expectations and recommendations of the civil society in the implementation of sustainable development goals’ on 17 September 2015 at 11 am at Round Table Auditorium of Dhaka Reporters Unity, Dhaka.
Chandan Z. Gomes, Advocacy Director of World Vision Bangladesh delivered the keynote speech at the press conference on behalf of the Action/2015 Bangladesh Coalition. Welcome speech was given by Shabira Sultana Nupur, National Advocacy Coordinator of World Vision Bangladesh. Ranjan Karmaker, Executive Director, Steps Towards Development; S M Saikat, Executive Director, SERAC-Bangladesh and Rahatul Ashekin, General Secretary, Brit spoke on behalf of Action/2015 Bangladesh Coalition at the occasion.
The speakers, on behalf of the civil society of Bangladesh, expressed their expectation that before signing the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) in the upcoming general assembly of the UN, government will consider elimination of discrimination, establishment of equality and eradication of poverty. They will involve the general people in the implementation process of SDG as well. Government should also ensure that the key driving force to implement SDG will not be a specific group of people or the bureaucrats, only the common people will be the key factor.
Campaign on International Women’s Day 2015.