In Bangladesh, Canada is addressing the challenge of violence against women – with a specific focus on child, early, and forced marriages – in an integrated way, through its programs in health and education.
Bangladesh is one of Canada’s countries of focus for international development.
To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, , the High Commission of Canada to Bangladesh hosted a celebration and film screening to highlight the accomplishments of Bangladeshi women and Canada's global commitment to promote freedom, democracy, the rule of law, the human rights of women and children, and gender equality.
Ms. Nishat Majumder, the first Bangladeshi woman to have climbed Mount Everest and one of PIB's youth ambassadors for their "Because I am a Girl" campaign, spoke about her experience and her role as ambassador.
Presented in partnership with Plan International Bangladesh (PIB) the event also featured a screening of Girl Rising, a feature film highlighting the power of education to change a woman’s prospects in the world.
“Girl Rising is a powerful reminder that courageous girls, including Nishat Majumder and Arzina (a youth from Nilphamari promoting girls’ education in her community) here in Bangladesh, are leading the change around the world. As Keshob Roy (the winner of UN Youth Courage Award for Education) demonstrates, men and boys also play a critical role in ending violence against women.” - Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Heather Cruden
The film tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world that face arranged marriages, child slavery and other injustices. Through education, they are able to create change for themselves and for others. Each girl's story was written by a renowned writer from her native country.
“The film highlights that girls are powerful and strong and that they deserve to have equal rights. Rights they are often denied because of their gender.” - Elena Ahmed, interim country director of PIB