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Dialogue with APARAJITA Upazila Forum: A Khan Foundation Initiatives

Khan Foundation organized a Dialogue of Upazila Forum on 10th September, 2013 at the premises of Brammanbaria Zila Parishad Conference Hall in a join collaboration of Brammanbaria Forun and Bijaynagar Upazila Forum with the help of Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC). The US ambassador Mr. Dan W Mozena was the Chief Guest of the program. Beside this a team consists of 10 members from US Embassy with Mr. Mozena, Additional District Judge Md Azad Sallah as Special Guest were also present in the dialogue. The program was presided over by the Executive Director of Khan Foundation (KF) Advocate Rokhsana Khondker. Beside this the female Vice Chairman of Sadar Upazila Parishad, Women Counselors of Pouroshova, Elected Women Representatives of Upazila Union Parishad, NAV, representatives from Citizen Watch Group, Members from Women Lawyer Network were also present in the Dialogue. Advocate Rokhsana Khondker gave the welcoming speech in the very beginning of the session in which she explains KF's gradual contribution on strengthening Local Government. She also focused on the background & importance of APARAJITA project. The discussants of the program focused on the forum's activities, initiatives taken, obstacles and achievements. They also present the total scenario of activities taken to monitor & improve local service sectors (education, health& agriculture). They emphasized on working in collaboration with the public service providers to ensure services for local people. Beside this they explain the role of elected women representatives on the issues of environmental change, population control, early marriage, dowry prevention, prevention of women trafficking & violence etc. The achievements of the forum were also discussed such as increasing admission rate of students in primary schools, ensuring SMC meeting, text book distribution, ensuring better sanitation for students, infrastructural development ect. Visiting the hospitals, health centers, community clinic in a regular basis, & ensuring transparency and accountability in medicine distribution are some achievements of the forum. In the agricultural field to ensure food security many steps has been taken such as monitoring the distribution of fertilizer, seeds & insect killer, regular visit of agriculture officers. To protect the environment, the forum has also taken many initiatives such as tree plantation, creating awareness about using brick field & polythene etc. The special guest, Additional District Judge Md. Azad Sallah expressed his acclamation about the activities of Forum on behalf of the administration. The cheif guest Mr. Dan W Mozena expressed his satisfaction being known about the achievement of APARAJITA project through Upazial Forum. He said that all the activities & initiatives of B.Baria Upazila Forum proves that Bangladesh has walk a long towards women empowerment. United States will be glad to help Bangladesh in the issue of women empowerment. The dialogue session ended up with a thanks giving to all the participants & guests and convener of the program by Advocate Rokhsana Khondker.
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