Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ), Brac University in partnership with UN Women Bangladesh, arranged a month-long online training program for women on social entrepreneurship for promoting peace and social cohesion. The online training aims to empower young female students to design innovative start-ups and advocacy campaigns that address social issues, such as promoting peace, gender equity or equality, social cohesion, and COVID-19 resilience.
This year, 196 entrants were selected for this training through an open Call for Application from different backgrounds and educational institutions, keeping the SDG’s ‘Leave No One Behind (LNOB)’ perspective in mind. From the 384 applications that CPJ got through the Call for Application, general category had 303 participants and special (LNOB) category had 81 participants. The finally selected 196 participants were from 74 different educational institutions across the country. They were trained in total 5 batches (35 participants each) through a week-long engagement for each batch from 5th of December 2021 to 6th of January 2022.
This training let the entrants to undertake various innovative initiatives to provide inclusive services for underprivileged women in their communities. This training also equipped female students to harness the power of technology to address online hate speech, cyber-bullying, and harassment. Through the sessions, the participants gained a brief idea on the various steps to start a new initiative through developing a culture of innovation and continuous improvement of the service. The training programme aimed to be an integrated toolkit for new entrepreneurs so they can develop initiatives based on innovative ideas and services linked to peace, prosperity, cohesion, and resilience in society.
Programme Analyst, Women Peace and Security of UN Women Bangladesh, Tania Sharmin was present in the inaugural session of this month-long training. In her opening remarks, briefly describing about the Women Peace Café Initiatives, she emphasised on UN Women’s endeavour in developing some world class set of modules and programs that were incorporated in this particular training. Stressing the focus on the fact she reiterated,
“When women are properly empowered, they can always rightly contribute to each and every sector in the society.”
She concluded her speech wishing the entrants all the best for this training.
Zia Uddin, Project Manager, Centre for Peace and Justice, Brac University added the introductory remarks warmly welcoming the participants in the opening sessions for each batch as well as oversaw this whole month-long training program.
Antara Tasmeen from IID, Md. Rashed Mamun, Executive Director of B’Yeah and Md. Ariful Islam from Nirvoy Foundation were the learned Facilitators. Raunak Jahan Moushi, Mahmuda Sultana Shorna and Nusrat Zahan assisted notably in the weekly mentoring sessions for each batch. Muhammad Ubaidul Haque and Rahat Ara Risti wonderfully moderated and coordinated this overall training program.