Young politicians at a discussion on Saturday urged youths to raise their voices for realising rights and ensuring justice in society as well as in politics.
JAAGO Foundation organised the discussion, titled ‘Dialogue with Youth and Young Political Leaders on 50 Years of Bangladesh’ at hotel in the capital in collaboration with The Asia Foundation.
At the programme, young politicians from ruling Awami League, opposing Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Jatiya Party said that youths should come forward to take responsibilities.
Focusing on the 50 years of Bangladesh, Juba Mohila League president and former AL lawmaker Nazma Akther underscored that the young people should be entrepreneurs to secure their jobs, and we all should do politics for human service.
She said that politicians are being sidelined in politics as businesspeople and former bureaucrats are holding the major posts in politics.
‘Most of the investment in Canada’s Begum Para or Malaysia was made by the bureaucrats, not by politicians,’ she added.
BNP national executive committee member Tabith Awal prioritised improving the health and education sectors.
It is important to enhance the skill set by the labour market, he said, adding that more training programmess should be arranged.
He urged the youth to develop their skill and increase their confidence as they are the future leaders of the country.
BNP lawmaker Rumeen Farhana mentioned that a working woman in this society needs to do two jobs — one at work and one at home, taking care of the family. Most women face barriers and the situation should be improved.
She said that to ensure all the rights, youth should move for the voting rights and justice.
‘We have to choose to talk about different issues of our society, thus ensuring youth voice,’ he said.
‘We need to be very vocal; we need to choose and give our opinion. United we stand, united we lead,’ he added.
The programme was moderated by BRAC director for Gender, Justice and Diversity and Preventing Violence Against Women Initiative Nobonita Chowdhury where Jatiya Party lawmaker Ahsan Adelur Rahman and JAAGO Foundation founder and executive director Korvi Rakshand speak, among others.
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