Bangladesh: Education on human rights for minority groups
From the 1st to the 31st of January 2014 the Bangladesh Center for Human Rights & Development (BCHRD) in association with Aparajeyo-Bangladesh, provided basic human rights education, life skills training and Theater for Development (TFD) for 90 direct beneficiaries.
The training was funded by Plan International Bangladesh under the Girl Power Project with the goal of ‘reducing gender based violence against girl & young women’, and the objective of ‘protecting girls & young women through sensitizing and mobilizing civil society organisations, community based organizations, duty bearers and the right holders’ within the area of Dhaka South City Corporation, zone 1 to 5.
BCHRD target groups, minority girls and young women (religious minority, ethnic minority), have decided to cooperate within the context of activities aimed at supporting the rehabilitation of victims of trafficking. This rehabilitation program aims to reflect the spirit of the constitution of Bangladesh on the right of citizens to equal protection before the law, their right to practice any profession, occupation, trade or business, the duty of the State to strive to minimize the inequalities in income, and to adopt rehabilitation program aimed at securing that the citizens have the right to adequate means of livelihood as enshrined in the Constitution of Bangladesh.
The training, open to 90 participants (12 from different organizations including NGOs, community leaders, university students form the department of social work and CBOs) from 18 to 35 years-old, set the objectives of teaching training and rehabilitation activieties and goals, life skills and its 11 elements, and life skills implementation techniques.
Training Methodology: the facilitator following the Module of Bangladesh Centre for Human Rights & Development (BCHRD) during his 6 sessions created a wounding environment by using open discussion, brainstorming, group work, and role play to personalize the issues.
Small group exercises were organized by arranging participants in groups of three: the speaker, the listener and the observer. The speaker was instructed to speak for five minutes about a problem while the listener's task was to encourage him to talk.
Some notable outcomes:
• The program has been organized in collaboration together between AB, Plan International Bangladesh as a strategic partnership approach in Bangladesh;
• The partners representative and interns of BCHRD organized leaflet among 90 minority girls and young women at Dhaka City and worked with minority victims and marginalized victims around Bangladesh;
• Around 90 girls and young women were organized throughout the Dhaka City as 3 Girls Forums;
• More than 30 interns have completed internship programs on human rights education, life skills training and advocacy program;
• Thousands of people participated with an outreach well into ten thousands, included those who were targeted through social media;
• The participants came from all different cultures and levels of society (politicians, local leaders, religious leaders, police officers, students, human rights activists, lawyers, business men and women);
• Women were encouraged to vote during the election period, to organise and participate in the activities and to voice their opinions;
• More than 2500 participants participated in the TFD program;
• More than a thousand women were made aware of their fundamental human rights.
Photo: Young women participants of the training. Credit: Bangladesh Center for Human Rights & Development