A UNDP-supported school-level “Red Card Campaign” to fight against early marriage and sexual harassment has recently created a stir among local communities in seven selected districts of the country.
During the day-long campaign, students took oath, chanted slogans and showed “red card” to early marriage and sexual harassment. Community people were hugely mobilized and motivated while teachers, guardians and local administration expressed their firm determination to eliminate the social ills.
Launched in September this year, a total of 80 high school-level awareness campaigns were held till date in seven selected districts, mobilizing more than 80,000 students, teachers, guardians and community people.
The Upazila Governance Project (UZGP) under Local Government Division (LGD) launched the campaign aimed at raising awareness among school students, teachers, guardians and community people to fight against the social menace.
This is the part of project’s plan to hold 195 high school-level campaigns in 65 Upazila Parishads (UZPs) under seven selected districts by December this year. The selected seven districts are—Kishoreganj, Brahmanbaria, Sirajganj, Khulna, Barguna, Sunamganj and Rangpur.
The UZGP has prepared and distributed among school students a red card inscribed with messages to stop early marriage and sexual harassment and with two hotline numbers of Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) and Vice-Chair (female) of Upazila Parishad (UZP) in the cards to seek help from local administration to prevent the social ills.
A complaint box was also set up in each school and a school-level prevention-committee was formed to address the social ills.
Earlier in 2015, the UZGP has carried out a same awareness programme in 130 high schools under 65 Upazila Parishads of selected seven districts and mobilized 1.3 lakhs community people to combat the issues.
Being implemented by the LGD, the European Union (EU), Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC), UNDP and UNCDF are providing technical and financial support to the project.