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BRAC Organises Youth Cycle Rally in Celebration of the International Women’s Day 2013

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12 March 2013, Dhaka. BRAC’s gender justice & diversity programme(GJD), in association with Youth Forum Promoting Access to Development (YFPAD) jointly organised a youth cycle rally named “Awakening Cycle Rally”, in Dhaka as a part of celebrating International Women’s Day on 8th March, 2013. The rally started from Manik Miah Avenue at 9.30 am and ended at the Central Shahid Minar premise crossing Farmgate, Hotel Ruposhi Bangla, and the High Court.  About 150 young cyclists, both male and female, participated in the rally.

Representatives of BRAC, YFPAD and cyclists expressed their opinions regarding gender issues on the occasion. They emphasised on involving youth to ensure safety and security of women and children among other things. “I intended to remove all the social barriers and to inspire other girls”, said a female cyclist about her cycle riding experiences in the city. A young man, about women rights, said, “We have a tendency to show sympathy to women, but this is not an issue of sympathy, this is their right”. “A cycle has two wheels and both are equal; if not equal, a cycle cannot run. Same thing can be told about society, it cannot run well if women and men are not equal”, said another male cyclist.  At the end, certificates were distributed among all the cyclists who participated in the rally. Somoy Television was the media partner of this special event. 

Every year BRAC organises different innovative events throughout the month of March to celebrate International Women’s Day such as this cycle rally.

For media coverage, please find the following link:
http://www.ittefaq.com.bd/index.php?ref=MjBfMDNfMDlfMTNfMV82XzFfMjQ2OTE=
 

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