The 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence is an international campaign that commences on 25 November - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - and ends on 10 December- The International Human Rights Day. It was originated by activists and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women's Global Leadership. The UN supports this civil society-led campaign through the “United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign (UNiTE)”. In recent years, the UNiTE campaign has utilized the colour ‘orange’ to represent a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls, as a unifying theme running through all of its global activities.
In 2019, Swisscontact Bangladesh hosted a series of activities as part of this campaign.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is held each year on 8th March and is celebrated in many countries around the world. IWD is a day when all women are recognized for their achievements. 2019’s International Women’s Day theme was “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.
Swisscontact Bangladesh celebrated it this year by hosting an internal essay competition. With topics such as ‘An account of a female leader who has been inspirational in driving effective change’ or ‘An example of an inspiring man who has been doing their part to contribute to women’s equality’, it encouraged multiple staffs to participate enthusiastically. On March 27th, the shortlisted essays were displayed and all of Swisscontact staff were asked to vote for their most loved essays. Keeping true to the theme, there were equal number of male and female participation and had three winning essays.
The 3 winners are:
1. Tamjid Ahmed – ‘The creative sidekick’
2. Tawhidul Islam- ‘A tale of a man’
3. Shariful Islam Chowdhury – ‘The Strong Girl’
Swisscontact Bangladesh had organized its annual retreat from 27th February to 29th February 2019. The annual retreat took place in Dream Square Resort, Gazipur. 2019 has been the year for celebrating Swisscontact’s 60 years of successes in ‘creating opportunities’ across the world. It also marked a decade of Swisscontact country office in Bangladesh. This was a great juncture for both the country and field office staffs to come together and celebrate our successes and also prepare for the future challenges.
The video showcases some of the event highlights.
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