In the first appearance people ask me " You look like Mongolian", are you Bangladeshi?My answer is yes, I am a Bangladeshi girl but my ethnicity is Indigenous , I am proud of my identity. Being fromone of the underprivileged indigenous minority groups from Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh since my childhood i always have been subjected to be humilated due to my facial structure and race in my own country.So, determination has always been in my mind to be different , to be potential not only in my own indigenous community but also in the outer lager community. From my childhood , i have tried my best to do well in education so that my fellow studetns and teachers will always appreciate me. Literacy rate of indigenous people are only 10% in the whole population. Most of the indigenous boys and girls can not continue the schools and colleges due to the poor socio economic condition. I also belong to a middle class family and i had to go through many hardships during my school and college lives due to financial problems.But my parents have always inspired me to get higher education to be empowered and motivated to contribute in my community. I am the first girl from my family who has been able attend the University. Since my childhood i always have been such student to get a scholarship (Merit scholarship in Class 5, Junior High School General Scholarship in Class 8, GPA5 in Class 10) which had helped me to complete my high school and college level. After my college I got enrolled Bangabandhu Seikh Muzibur Rahman Agricultural University, Gazipur Dhaka. But i had left the agricultural University when I had successfully obtained 95% scholarship from IKEA to attend an International Institution Asian University for Women (AUW), Chittagong.I am now pursuing my 3rd year in Public Health Studies at (AUW).I beleive education should be the first priority for every girl to bring a positive impact on family and society. Being the first child of family , my parents have never discriminated me as being a girl, their support was always with me till now.They want me to be a changemaker for our own indigenous people because they are considered as the fragile groups in Bangladesh.
As being a young member of my indigenous community , I always have wanted to contribute my knowledge to help my own people ,specially the children .I have started to contribute in my community from now along with my academic studies. As I am majoring in Public Health Studies, I am most passionate about Reproductive health sector in Bangladesh now at the moment. I am working in a project called " Indigenous Adolescent Girls Health Awareness Program" from Asian University for Women to bring awareness among the adolescent Indigenous girls in Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh . The project focuses on making them to understand the sexual health, menstruation,hygiene.There is another project i am leading and coordinating from "World Merit Bangladesh" called "Campaign for Menstrual Hygiene" at one Helpless Children and Widow Welfare Center where the participants are being educated specifically about puberty so that a positive attitude will come toward menstruation hygiene. They will be able to express their difficulties to health workers and collaborating school teachers during the menstruation period without any hesitation.We are distributing sanitary Napkins among the girls to break the silence against this. To help the Women in one Municipality of South Africa called Mkhndo , I have done a petition signing event at Asian University for Women from Amnesty International demanding the South African government better health care of pregnant women from Mkhndo Municipality. As women are still facing discrimination in spite of certain development in the society, i consider reproductive right is also an important thing to think about .My activities also cover education sector because I believe that in this world education is the first priority for the children as we count them as our future leaders who might even be president one day if they are carefully raised. But in Bangladesh it turns out to be different story as our Indigenous children are growing up in poverty and lack of information and opportunities. So considering the case we 10 students from Asian University for Women have initiated a project called “Mentorship Project for the underprivileged Indigenous students from Chittagong Hill Tracts” where I am working as a coordinator and mentor to encourage the students toward education and preventing to dropout from schools and college.
I beleive that we can bring a change this world through voluntary engagements and now i have been involved with several organizations from around the world not only in Bangladesh. I have also volunteered for United Nation My World Survey from World Youth Foundation. MY World is a global survey for citizens led by the United Nations and partners. It aimed to capture people's voices, priorities and views, so that global leaders can be informed as they begin the process of defining the new development agenda for the world when the Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015.As being a campus ambassador of one of the the prominent organization in Chittagong called “Youth’s Voice” I have volunteered in “World Labour Day” to bring smile on the faces of richshawpulars, drivers in the busy streets of Chittagong . We are now initiating our next project called “Fight for Winter” where we provide winter clothes to needed and poor people.Now I am working as an Assistant Marketing Manager at World Merit (United Kingdom), Campus Ambassador of an International Technology based Company “ PREZI” (Budapest), Vise president at “ World Merit Bangladesh” to bring positive impact of the youths from my University, my own country Bangladesh and from around the globe.My passion relies on helping out youths and girls from every conrner of the world so that their voices should be heard.
I consider i need to learn more skills to be an imapactful leader in my community in future which i intend to learn from the World Pulse sisters. Because the best way of learning is oberving other activities and relating those things to bring a solution. For this reason I am here to learn from all you and to get connected for hearing your stories.