UZGP, UPGP attracts hundreds at Gender Fair
Hundreds of enthusiastic visitors including university teachers, students, government officials, gender and women development activists, members of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and NGOs flocked to the stall jointly set up by Upazila Governance Project (UZGP) and Union Parishad Governance Project (UPGP) in a Gender Fair in Begum Rokeya University campus in Rangpur on April 8-10, 2014.
They flipped through gender and other promotional materials developed by the projects amd Information, Education and Communications (IEC) materials displayed in the stall. They also watched the video documentary highlighting successes of the projects, especially the schemes’ activities namely Sataranji and Pottery, with interest.
‘This is really a great opportunity for me to come and show our work to the development partners. I am excited over joining such a fair for the first time in my life,’ says Selina Khatun, President of Women Development Forum (WDF), Kaunia Upazila Parishad.
The UZGP and UPGP have jointly facilitated the Upazila Parishads to form 214 WDFs at Upazila and district levels across the country.
The university teachers and students, representatives of different development organisations, members of the Women Development Forums (WDFs) and general people also thronged the stall and browsed through the materials displayed in the stall.
The USAID and Begum Rokeya University have jointly organised the fair aimed at promoting gender and women related issues. About 70 development organizations took part in the 3-day fair.
A total of 30 WDF members drawn from eight Upazila Parishads (UZPs) facilitated the UZGP and UPGP in setting up and running the stall. They also conducted a signature campaign to promote gender and women development issues. More than 1,500 visitors put their signature on a banner inscribed with the message--- Jodi Chao Agea Jete Nari K Nao Ek Shathe (Take the women along with if you want to proceed towards development).
Signatories included US Ambassador in Dhaka Dan W Mozena and visiting USAID Mission Director Ms. Janina Jaruzelski.