Ensure Safe Spaces for Youth on International Youth Day 2018

Every year 12th of August sees the commemoration of International Youth Day (IYD). The theme for International Youth Day 2018 is ‘Safe Spaces for Youth’. This year’s event will facilitate a dialogue on safe spaces between governments, UN agencies, academia, civil society, and -most importantly- youth groups, with the goal of offering practical solutions to the challenges of creating youth-friendly spaces. This year International Youth Day is defined as ensuring safe spaces for youth where they can come together, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, participate in decision making processes and freely express themselves.

SERAC-Bangladesh along with RHRN-Bangladesh organized this event across the 8 divisions in Bangladesh including the capital Dhaka. The event aimed to promote youth engagement and empowerment by exploring the role of safe spaces in contributing to freedom of expression, mutual respect and constructive dialogue.

Dhaka:

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The march started from Manik Mia Avenue and later a discussion meeting was held there. Dhaka campaign was led by SERAC-Bangladesh’s Program Officer Sadia Rahman, Associate Program Officer Tasnia Ahmed, Assistant Director (Finance & Admin) Abdul Wadud, Program Associate Nusrat Jahan Resma, Program Associate Syeda Sharika Arafin, Volunteer Management Officer Tanzima Islam and other staffs while more than hundred youth joined them.

Mymensingh:

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The march started from Town Hall moar, and later a discussion meeting was held in the Jaynul Park. Mymensingh campaign was led by SERAC-Bangladesh’s divisional coordinator, Mizanur Rahman Akand while Director (Program) Shahina Yasmin along with forty youths joined them.

Khulna:

 

The rally started from Mohammadpur to Zero Point around Khulna University , and later a discussion meeting was held in the university campus. Khulna campaign was led by SERAC-Bangladesh’s divisional coordinator, Palash Mahmud and Campus Coordinator Sajeeb Balo while forty youths joined them.

Rajshahi:

A rally started from Lalon shah Mukto Moncho and ended at Bypass Moar,  and later a discussion meeting was held there. Rajshahi campaign was led by SERAC-Bangladesh’s divisional coordinator, Tahmid Hossain Anto while more than forty youths joined them.

Barishal:

A bicycle rally started from Patuakhali Science and Technology University Square, and later a discussion meeting was held there. Barishal campaign was led by SERAC-Bangladesh’s divisional coordinator, Hafiz Malik while forty youths joined them.

Sylhet:

The march started from Akhalia Varsity Bridge, and later a discussion meeting was held at the university campus. Sylhet campaign was led by SERAC-Bangladesh’s divisional coordinator, Samsul Hossain Sadi while forty local youths joined them.

Rangpur:

Rangpur march started from park mor, beside the Begum Rokeya University, and later a discussion meeting was held at the university campus. Rangpur campaign was led by SERAC-Bangladesh’s divisional coordinator, Apurba Roy while forty local youths joined the campaign.

Chattogram:

The march started from Muradpur, Chittagong University and later a discussion meeting was held at the university campus. Chattagram campaign was led by SERAC-Bangladesh’s divisional coordinator, Siraj Uddin and Campus Coordinator Mushfiq Suman while forty other youths joined them.

This campaign was intended to focus on the meaningful participation of young people to ensure safe space with the dignity; enable youth to engage in social issues; afford youth the opportunity to participate in sports and other leisure activities in the community; help youth interact virtually across borders with everyone; and help accommodate the needs of diverse youth especially those vulnerable to marginalization or violence. As planned, the cycle rally provided a platform and brought together more than 400 young leaders from the 8 divisions, young advocates, and experts on their basic rights, ensuring safe space, sexual and reproductive health of youth.

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