Digitisation creates public awareness to reduce social curses

RANGPUR, May 30, 2017 (BSS) - By virtue of digitisation, the extent of social curses like child marriage, dowry and repression has been reduced to the minimum following growing public awareness in the district.

'The prospect of building an improved society for women and children is brighter now with continuous reduction in social curses and growing awareness among the common people in rural areas," said Senior District Information Officer Humayun Kobir.

He said the ongoing digitisation under the Access to Information Programme through the Union Information Service Centers (UDCs) has added a new dimension to accelerate the process in building a healthier society for women and children.

"The common people are getting information on legal aid, gender issue, repression, trafficking, child marriage, dowry, marriage registration, safe motherhood, maternal and neonatal moralities, health, sanitation and drinking water from UDCs," he said.

The District Information Office is also playing vital role in building awareness involving local community leaders, public representatives, teachers, elite, religious leaders and rural women, adolescents and children on the issues of women and children.

"Because of various awareness building activities of the government, NGOs and different social groups, the extent of social curses is showing a significant trend of reduction," said noted women rights activist Manjushree Saha.

Monjusree, also Director (Development Programme) of RDRS Bangladesh, said repression on women and children are reducing and rural women showing more interests in marriage registration, family planning, safe motherhood and education of children.

"The women are also availing better sanitation facilities and safe drinking water for their children reducing water-borne diseases and improving hygienic condition with the enhancement of women empowerment in rural areas," she added.

Entrepreneur Arifuzzaman Moon of Saddyapuskorini UDC under Sadar upazila here said many youths, women, adolescents, guardians, students and common people are visiting the UDC to have knowledge on the social curses and way-outs.

"The women community is now also becoming more aware about nutritional aspects and producing nutritional vegetables and fruits at homesteads to feed their children after getting knowledge from UDCs," he said.

Deputy Director (Local Government) Sultana Pervin here said UDCs are playing vital role in achieving the prime goals of building a digital Bangladesh faster side by side with contributing a lot to reducing all sorts of social curses.

"Getting knowledge from UDCs and publicities being conducted by District Information Office, local communities with assistance of the administration and public representatives are now preventing child marriage and arranging dowry-free marriages," she said.

Former Divisional Director (Health) Dr Shahadat Hossain said the pregnant women had almost no access to maternal and neonatal health care services and safe delivery facilities in remote rural areas in the past.

"By virtue of digitisation, adequate social awareness has been created and rural women are getting maternal and neonatal health care services from community clinics in remote areas and delivering their babies safely," Dr Shahadat said.

Chairman of Chandanpat union under Sadar upazila Aminur Rahman said the role of UDCs would have further positive impacts on building a better and congenial society free from social curses to achieve the sustainable development goals.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)