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CDIP, BLAST & BRAC JSPGPH University Dialogue “Raise Your Voice, Break the Silence”

Sep 19, 2017

To kick off the Fall Semester, AUW Center for Career Development and International Programs (CDIP) collaborated with Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), a leading legal services provider in Bangladesh, and the prominent BRAC James P. Grant School of Public Health (Center for Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights – CGSRHR) to deliver a critical dialogue at the Asian University for Women putting forward a sensitive topic for the youth – their rights to consent and choice and decision making. The event took place at the AUW Rooftop on 19 September 2017.

The special program featured two short films that won the 2016 Recognizing Consent and Choice (RCC) project of BLAST and JPGSPH. The films were entitled, “Cosmic Story” by H.M. Mostaque Hasan which focused gender identity as well as “Sheuli Kotha” by Mrittika Kamal based on a real story on domestic abuse.


After the film showing, there was an interesting and interactive discussion among a set of panelists who took center stage with a dynamic audience composed of over a hundred AUW students and some faculty.

The event was facilitated by Faria Ahmad of BLAST and JPGSPH’s Public Health Professor Tahrima Mridha provided the objectives of the dialogue. The distinguished panel was composed of directors of the two short films, AUW Access Academy Professor Sharmistha Ghosh, Muktasree Chakma Sathi of Sangat (A Feminist Network) – all of whom shared their expertise, experiences and campaigns related to issues of choice and consent impacted by gender-based violence in the world.

See more event photos here.

The Center for Career Development and International Programs (CDIP) is organizing more engagements this SY 2017-2018 through strategic partnerships, mentorships, leadership & career development workshops and professional exposures, among others. For more information, or to start a partnership with AUW CDIP, email cdip@auw.edu.bd.