|Local Mobilization on Emerging Issues|
International Human Rights Day-2009
Imbued with the motto of equity and justice, SUPRO from its inception has been observing International Human Rights Day in every year with the vow to establish economic, social and cultural rights especially for the poor and marginalized people of Bangladesh. To attain the goal, SUPRO through different mobilization program to implement in district and national level to establish a harmonize society, where all citizen will be in line with dignity and rights.
Accordingly, in 2009, SUPRO observed the International Human Rights Day in national and district level with the support of its districts committee and demonstrated human chain, colorful rally, cultural program ally with the United Nation’s call of ‘Embrace diversity, end discriminaton’. Thousands of people from all walks of life were participated in mobilization program. SUPRO prepared a leaflet and colourful poster of 5000, focusing human rights theme to draw the attantion of all levels citizen.
Rally with banner-festoon, human chain, cap and cultural program performed in celebrating the Human Rights Day in all networking districts. The district committee of Faridpur, Jamalpur, Rajbari, Mymensingh, Shariatpur, Tangail, Netrokona, Rajshahi, Bogra, Dinajpur, Gaibandha, Joypurhat, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nator, Chapainawabgonj, Nilphamari, Pabna, Rangpur, Sirajgonj, Thakurgaon, Sylhet, Moulovibazar, Sunamgonj, Chittagong, Comilla, Noakhali, Rangamati, Laxmipur, Bagerhat, Chuadunga, Jessore, Jhenaidah, Khulna, Kushtia, Magura, Narail, Satkhira, Borguna, Barisal, Pirojpur and Patuakhali districts organized the program. SUPRO district secretary with the committee sticks posters and distributed leaflet to the men.
Rights is not a pity, a man wield the rights by birth. It is our duty to sweep all discrimination from our society to establish a poverty and hunger free amicable society. To attain equal rights and dignity for all, SUPRO placed some demands, which comply with internationally recognized law of Human Rights. SUPRO hope, the call and the message of the poster and leaflet made nexus to men to end discrimination.
Local Issue Mobilization at Rajshahi of SUPRO-2009
SUPRO has been implementing different local and national mobilization activities in district level since 2003 through its district committee. The main objectives of those mobilizations were to strengthen district activist’s capacity that the local NGO and civil society leader can mobilize themselves in various issues for establishing their human rights, justice and even against deprivation. As a result, we found many success instances of mobilization since then in districts level. District committee leaders with civil society made mobilization and protest on land grabbing, tackle bad effect of climate change, human rights violation issues, which’s were not the regular campaign activity of SUPRO.
To strengthen these activities and capacities, SUPRO took initiatives in August 2009 to implement local issue mobilization activities in districts level and primarily selected some issues like human rights violation, environment preservation, violation against women, deprivation on health & education, best utilization ways of local resources, small and medium entrepreneurship development etc for local mobilization. Different districts performed their mobilization on those issues.
The objectives of that local mobilization were to-
(a) Sensitize and buildup public opinion on different local issues, which are not SUPRO’s regular mobilization activity part
(b) Make mobilization for establishing people’s rights on that issues and
(c) Draw attention to policy makers for minimizing the problems
To get success on local issue mobilization, SUPRO district secretary of Khulna, Bagerhat, Narail, Jessore, Jhenaidah, Chuadanga, Tangail, Rajbari, Faridpur, Shariatpur, Jamalpur, Mymensingh, Rajshahi, Bogra, Dinajpur, Joypurhat, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nator, Chapainawabgonj, Nilphamari, Pabna, Rangpur, Sirajgonj, Thakurgaon, Sylhet, Moulovibazar, Sunamgonj, Chattagong, Brahmanbaria, Comilla, Noakhali, Rangamati, Laxmipur, Borguna, Barisal, Patuakhali and Pirojpur districts sat with district committee. They selected the issue in their local context, collected information for preparing a concept note, performed mobilization with forming rally, human chain, media mobilization, cultural program, memorandum submission etc, where civil society representative, political leader, MP, media professional, student, teacher, advocate, NGO representative etc. also attended. That type of mobilization vibrant locally and nationally, that became able to draw the attention of the authority.
Local and national print and electronic media focused these local mobilization activities with importance. People form all walks of life even local MPs took that issue seriously. SUPRO hopes, local people will stand up and take position effectively for establishing their rights if any deprivation or crisis happen.
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