Health Desk-28 July, 2019: A total of 400 community advocates, a group initiated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and its local partner PULSE Bangladesh, recently started working to bring positive changes in the Rohingya camps, reports UNB.
Samuda Begum, one of the advocates, wants to ensure that her community’s women are aware about their human rights, early marriage, household violence, and physical and sexual assault, so that they can live with dignity and respect.
Standing on the podium, the middle-aged Samuda, a Rohingya woman living in one of the refugee camps, expressed her wish to work as a community advocate.
With the slogan ‘Coming Together is a Beginning, Keeping Together is Progress and Working Together is Success’, the community advocates started to work with Rohingyas and host community to sensitise and raise awareness on July 24, through a programme launched at camp 9.
IOM Deputy Chief of Mission in Bangladesh Manuel Pereira said through this initiative, IOM is working hard to prevent gender-based violence in Bangladesh.
The advocates will reach at least 2,000 people regularly, allowing the community to lead, inspire and influence positive change in their own lives.