May 14-17, 2009
The National Women Sub-committee of Bangladesh Student Christian Movement organized a Women Workshop on May 14-17 at the Community Health and Natural Family Planning in Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Thirty nine (39) women and men from all the units of the movement attended the Workshop. The Workshop aimed to achieve the following objectives: to improve the knowledge and understanding on the basics of gender amongst the participant; to give an overview of gender disparity in Bangladesh context; and to find out the roles and responsibilities of SCM women and men in reducing this.
Invited speakers to lead the session were: Ms. Suchitra Bahera, Lecturer at the Collage of Christian Theology in Bangladesh on the topic, women and men partnership in biblical perspective; Ms. Mohuya Leya Falia Program Manager for Human Rights at the Manusher Jonno Foundation on the topic, gender as a concept and key gender terminology and socialization process; Daisy Roy, former Women Coordinator, Bangladesh SCM on the topic, condition and position of women and men in our society and relationship of power between women and men; Mr. Ranjan Karmaker Executive Director of Steps Towards Development, led the topic on, overview of gender disparity in Bangladesh context and its cause and consequences; and Ms. Necta Montes Rocas Regional Secretary, WSCF AP on the topic, role and responsibility of SCM women and men for reducing the gap of gender disparity.
Monika Biswas, a woman leader in Bangladesh SCM said, “this workshop gave us the light of dignity. We realized our own responsibility to strive for Gender Justice in our society and we have to constantly develop awareness and consciousness of the issue of gender, how is this manifested in different time, period, culture, because the type and form of violence, discrimination and marginalization changes as well.”