“Youth must prepare themselves as leaders,” says Dr Md Murad Hasan, MP

In the light of the 2030 Global Agenda, Right Here Right Now (RHRN) organised the ‘National Young SRHR Leaders Summit 2020’, where young engaging leaders participated from all over Bangladesh to share their experience and moving stories on SRHR. 

The inauguration of the 3 day summit took place at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh on 22nd January 2019. More than 300 young leaders were present at the event. The event started with the National Anthem, which was sung by a group of transgender women from Bandhu Social Welfare Society. 

Advocate Saraban Tahura Zaman, National Coordinator, RHRN, gave a detailed presentation to explain the purpose, goals and achievements of the youth platform. 

Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman, Former Advisor, Caretaker Government, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, acknowledged the relevance of the the title ‘Right Here Right Now’, as it calls for urgency. “Urgency is important because later, the complications of the problems will increase,” he said.

Dr Asa Torkelsson, Country Representative, UNFPA, said “We believe in the power of individual potential. Every young person has the power to shape the future.”

Nahim Razzak, MP, member of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Youth and Sports shared his concern for the youth as the age between 15-25 is extremely vulnerable and they need to be guided. 

Dr Muhammad Murad Hassan, MP, State Minister, Ministry of Information, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, encouraged all young people to prepare themselves as leaders no matter in which sector they work.

The Chief Guest of the event, M A Mannan, MP, Honourable Minister, Ministry of Information, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, was unable to attend the event. However, he sent a message where he gave commitment that he will present the outcome of this event in front of the government. 

Right Here Right Now (RHRN) initiative in Bangladesh aims to create conducive policy environment through multi-level advocacy drives so that youth and adolescent clusters have improved access to youth friendly services in public health facilities and meaningful participation in SRHR interventions to address the knowledge gaps. And has been working with young adolescent SRHR advocates, champions and next generation leaders across Bangladesh has been providing them with capacity building opportunities and networking platforms in their communities and regions.

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