Over hundreds of young participants were united at ‘ASTHA Youth Gathering’ event to prevent VAW
Youth always plays a vital role in bringing any social change for good. When it comes to tackling issues like violence against women, their combined efforts can help to take bold action and raise awareness to stop violence. With that thought, on 14 March, a very inspiring event was organised by ASTHA project, Sabalamby Unnayan Samity (SUS) at Sharishabari Upazila of Jamalpur district where over hundreds of young girls and boys joined together to express their thoughts to prevent child marriage and any form of violence against women and girls. These young students were from Sharishabari R.D.M Pilot High School and College. There were students from class 9 and 10 and also some were from intermediate and honors level.
The event was conducted by the Case Manager and Social Mobilisation Officer of ASTHA project, SUS. Teachers from school and college also joined this event. In the event, the students took part in an essay writing competition where they wrote about how social media is used to evoke sexual harassment and different forms of gender-based violence and how to solve it. The Case Workers of Sharishabari Upazila performed a drama on child marriage where they have portrayed the demerits of this harmful practice and shared information on available multi-sectoral services to prevent violence against women.
By thanking ASTHA project to organise such events and emphasising on organising more events like this in the future, the school Headmaster, Md. Nazrul Islam said, “Such kind of youth gathering events are very necessary. Through these programmes, youth get a platform to share their thoughts on different social issues that provoke violence against women and also get a chance to learn about their role to prevent it.”
The event ended by the participants taking an oath on playing active role and taking combined initiative to step up and raise voice in order to prevent gender-based violence.
ASTHA project is supported by UNFPA and Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is being implemented by Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK).