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March 24, 2021 Centre for Peace and Justice

Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ), Brac University organised a two-days long Capacity Development Workshop for Better Monitoring & Project Management of Peace Café Initiatives. The workshop was held at Brac CDM, Rajendrapur on 20 and 21 March 2021.

After the arrival of the Empowered Women, Peaceful Communities Project team at the venue, the workshop began at the auditorium of Brac CDM. The workshop inaugurated at 6:30 pm with a brief introduction and background from Zia Uddin, Project Manager, CPJ. In his introduction, he mentioned the objectives and emphasised everyone’s active participation for better learning from the workshop. He articulated the successful journey of the project from 2018 to the present and thanked everyone for their whole-hearted contribution throughout the journey.  He also requested everyone to be prepared for future responsibilities with new Peace Café initiatives commencing at the University of Dhaka and Brac University.

After the introduction, Mohammad Badiuzzaman, Research Coordinator, CPJ took the floor. He introduced everyone to the guests, who joined the workshop virtually via Zoom, to presented draft Research Findings on Empowered Women, Peaceful Communities Project. The draft finding was presented by Dr. Debasish Kumar Kundu, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka. Before his presentation, Dr. Samia Huq, Research fellow of CPJ, Brac University, delivered her speech highlighting the key achievements of the project. She thanked UN Women, the project team and two regional universities for their contribution and support throughout the project from 2018 to the present. She wished remarkable success in the next phases of the Empowered Women and Peaceful Communities Project. Tania Sharmin, Program Analyst, UN Women Bangladesh, joined the event virtually and delivered her speech regarding the research finding presentation and thanked everyone for their remarkable effort and achievements.

She looked forward to reading the full research paper and wished the best for upcoming phases of the project. Manzoor Hasan, OBE, Executive Director of CPJ, Brac University delivered his valuable speech and thanked everyone for their efforts.

Muhammad Badiuzzaman facilitated the session on Team building on shared vision and mission for Women Peace Café Initiative. He emphasised developing a study pack on different international, regional and national frameworks to strengthen understanding of the project team to lead the project effectively and efficiently. He mentioned that the 1st and 2nd phases of the project were emergence and establishment and the 3rd phase was bringing and implementing the activities. As a way forward for the project, he identified student-led activities by presenting the model and technical support, increasing publicity and a customised model of women entrepreneurship by combining, gender, peace and social cohesion.

On the 2nd day of the workshop, Director of RDRS, Mohammad Abdur Rahman, conducted a session on Project Management and Team-building. He discussed different phases of project management, success, failure, different skills of managers, Team VS group, different motivational stories on team-building, empathy VS sympathy, motivation theory and other matters related to the topic. Among others – Nilufa Sultana Sheta, Programme Coordinator of CPJ put her valuable remarks and feedback over the project activities. She added various points throughout the discussion.

The following members from CPJ: Liton Kumar Roy, Administrative & Finance Officer; Md. Wahidul Islam, Communication Officer; Muhammad Ubaidul Haque, Project Associate; Raunak Jahan Moushi, Project Assistant; Mahmuda Sultana Shorna, Project Assistant; and Rahat Ara Risti, Project Assistant; all actively participated in the two-day workshop.