Action/2015 Global Campaign in Fulbaria: Street Drama ?Odhikar? Staged


Action 2015 is a global movement made up of organizations, coalitions and partnerships from around the world to see concrete action and ambitious agreements to tackle the root causes of inequality, injustice, poverty, and climate change in 2015. To organize country level campaigns six development and advocacy organizations including World Vision Bangladesh, Help Age International, SERAC-Bangladesh, Save the Children, BRIT and Steps towards Development have jointly formed the Action/2015 Bangladesh Coalition. As a part of its mass engagement activities, on Mondaym February 16, 2015 the Coalition staged a street drama titled `Odhikar? on prevention of gender based violence against women and children, in Lahiripara of Fulbaria Upazilla in Mymensingh.

The drama, which was enjoyed by a huge gathering of women, children and elderly, was specially designed on the prevention of major causes of gender based violence like eve teasing, child marriage, and dowry and the co-relations among these. Prior to that, on behalf of the coalition, SERAC-Bangladesh?s Program Manager Md. Oli Ahad shared the theme and mass engagement issues through Action/2015 with the viewers. He informed about how an individual and small groups can be influential on global leaders to take concrete decisions for a sustainable development, non-violent, poverty free, equality based world for children, women, youth, elderly and all by taking part in this campaign. The gathering was then mobilized to sign in the Action/2015 banner for solidarity.

Others including Barkatullah Bhuiyan, Project Officer of SERAC-Bangladesh represented the Action/2015 coalition there too. Local organizers including Emran Hasan Rifat, leader of Fulbaria Jagori group, a voluntary watchdog group by SERAC working in the Upazilla and its members were also present at the occasion.

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