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Plan International’s Girls’ Summit kicks off in Rangpur

International development organisation Plan International Bangladesh organised a three-day girls summit in Rangpur where women leaders came together to build leadership skills and become active citizens of this ever-changing world.

Fifty adolescent and young women under the age group of 15 to 24 years old took part in this summit at Begum Rokeya Auditorium of RDRS Bangladesh, said a press release.

The summit’s objective is to create a platform for engaging girls from different parts of Rangpur to become skilled leaders, learn and act on issues affecting their lives, and take complete charge of their dreams.

Some successful young women entrepreneurs are also taking part in this summit to share their change stories to inspire the participants so that they may change their lives and reach their desired goals as well.

At the ceremony, Director of local government, office of the Divisional Commissioner of Rangpur division, Mr. Fazlul Kabir said self-dependency is the prime requirement of woman empowerment.

“We have to build our girls as self-dependent so that they may grow into young leaders of the country, leaders of change. Girls and young women must learn, realize and act to inspire others. They need to receive training to enrich their knowledge.”

Kawser Parvin, Deputy Director of Women Affairs in Rangpur said, women need to prepare themselves towards achieving their goals. “We have to be women friendly from our core.”

Ashik Billah, head of Central and Northern region of Plan International Bangladesh said, the organisation has been working towards building girls’ leadership and achieving girls’ rights. “Initiative like this summit will encourage them and will support them to be more confident. “

In this three-day summit, girls will learn about life skills, leadership, gender equality, girls’ rights, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, skill development and work opportunities, communications strategy, etc.

These sessions will enrich the knowledge of participating girls as well as enabling them to learn life skills and future planning adapting with the modern world.

Plan International has been working in Bangladesh since 1994 to establish child and youth, especially girls rights. The organisation is determined to build youth and child leadership, especially for girls and young women.

Source: United News of Bangladesh