MJF e-newsletter December 2020
During December 2020, MJF continued its advocacy efforts demanding effective measures by the Government and relevant agencies to prevent domestic violence against women and children during Corona situation. This e-newsletter highlights some of the activities undertaken during December 2020.
Recognizing Heroes of Pandemic
On 13 December 2020, MJF honoured 10 Heroes of the Pandemic, who came forward voluntarily in providing food, cash livelihood and health support, stood up against stigmatization of certain groups, or stopped/prevented child marriages including violence against women and girls.
On the occasion of International Human Rights Day 2020, which was observed globally on 10th December, MJF organized a webinar titled ‘Recognising Heroes of Pandemic’ and honoured 10 heroes who had silently worked without any concern for recognition or rewards to help vulnerable people fight the pandemic.
The webinar was moderated by MJF Executive Director Shaheen Anam and Chaired by Dr. Mizanur Rahman, former Chair, National Human Rights Commission and Member, Governing Board, MJF. The Chief Guest of the event was Dr. Gowher Rizvi, International Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. Read more here.
RTI online training for NGOs
On 22 December, a webinar on online RTI training for NGOs was organized by MRDI where MJF Executive Director also participated. The Chief Guest of this webinar was Chief Information Commissioner Martuza Ahmed.
Findings ways to value women’s work in agriculture
On 3 December, MJF organized a webinar on findings ways to value women’s work in agriculture. Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Member of Parliament, graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Md. Mesbahul Islam, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, and Dr. Lutful Hassan, Vice Chancellor, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) attended as Special Guests. MJF Executive Director Shaheen Anam moderated.
16 days of Activism
MJF celebrated 16 days of activism against Gender-based violence through a number of activities. The global theme of these days was: This year’s theme is ” Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!” MJF staff oranged its office on 8 December by wearing orange masks. A webinar on “Women’s unaccounted work in national GDP’ was organized with Dhaka FM 90.4 on 2 December. MJF and a Youth-led organization Evolution360, an ally of UN Women’s #WeCommit campaign, jointly organized a series of webinars on: ‘Combating Gender-Based Violence in the corporate world’.
MJF’s dynamic Media and Communication Lead, Ms. Shahana Huda Ranjana, continued her advocacy blitz to influence public opinion. On 6 December, she posed a question through an article: should female agri-workers, deprived of rights and dignity, remain as housewives only?