Connecting young women’s voices
09 March 2015, Nirapad News: Young women shared their experiences on gender discrimination at a program marking International Women’s Day yesterday at Bangladesh Youth Leadership Centre.
“Back in 2013, I filed a complaint against my father at Ain O Salish Kendra,” a participant shared at the event. “And I knew the next time he wanted to hit me, I could ask him not to because I had just filed a complaint against him.” Her story resonated with many in the room at BYLC’s event, where UNDP Country Director Pauline Tamesis and Barrister Nihad Kabir also spoke.
Some shared stories of bravery, while some expressed opinions on how to tackle the nuanced gender discrimination woven tightly into the fabric of our society.
“The main obstacle I faced is the mindset of questioning whether women can be as effective professionally as men. To respond to that, there is no alternative but to work hard, to be good at what you do,” said Nihad.
Tamesis, from UNDP, said she believed in the power of women coming together and using their networks to reach other women.