Staff Reporter, Rangpur :
Labiba experienced what it means to be the Deputy Commissioner of Rangpur when she symbolically took over the rolefor a day. #GirlsTakeover campaign is held every year by Plan International globally and in Bangladesh to celebrate the International Day of the Girl is a demand for urgent social and political change to tear down the barriers of discrimination that hold girls back.
Labiba participated as the chief guest in a discussion session and award-giving ceremony held on the occasion of National Girls Child Day 2020 organized by the Woman Affairs Department of Rangpur. Kawshar Parvin, Deputy Director of Woman Affairs Department of Rangpur presided over the meeting. Ashish Kumar Bakshi, Divisional Manager of Plan International Bangladesh was present as a special guest.
Labiba distributed award among the winners of the essay competition. Later on, Labiba addressed in the meeting, shared her views, feelings, explained her experience as a chief guest. Deputy Commissioner of Rangpur Ashib Ahsan supported Labiba to perform her role. “I feel proud to participate in the #GirlsTakeover campaign and played the role of the Deputy (DC) Commissioner of Rangpur symbolically. This programme boosts up the dream. I will be a DC in the future. I will study more to fulfill my dream,” said Labiba. Championing girls’ rights is not new to Labiba. In her community, she took actions to ensure girls’ rights. She rescued girls from India after missing one year and above. Now the girlis in her house. She has been continuing her counseling with the girls. She also speaks out against child marriage in her community. “Congratulations! Labiba for her courage and fluent speaking. She will be a good leader in the future.
Thanked Plan International Bangladesh to organize Girls Takeover. This is a good initiative for developing Girls’ aspirations,” AshibAhshan, Deputy Commissioner of Rangpur. Through GirlsTakeover, Plan International is asking governments to take action – in homes, political institutions, and the media – to end violence, discrimination, and injustice against girls and women. Girls can learn, lead, decide, thrive,and do lead change, but they need allies. Everyone – governments, civil society, corporates, parents, women, men, and boys – need to understand what gender discrimination looks like, their role in it, and how they can eliminate it.
The global #GirlsTakeover is a global action that has been organised as part of Plan International’s bold new campaign Girls Get Equal calling for increased investment in girls’ power, activism and leadership.
The campaign will be the world’s biggest girl-led action for gender equality. Youth activists from communities all over the world will be mobilised to shake up decades of slow progress on gender equality. They will confront and tackle the stereotypes that hold girls back.##