About Me: Growing up in Bangladesh seemed like breathing - until I met the world. Born in a university campus in Dhaka and now living and studying in another university campus in Chittagong, I have traveled a long distance in between. I have learned that people and their stories are special, personal and powerful. These stories bring change. When stories are shared, lives are shared. That is how I grew. I found power in words and passion in writing. My belief is that constructive debates and conversations are the solutions to the world's problems. My dream is to work with the people of my communities and help them empower themselves. I believe writing will get me there. I am a student, I am a Bangladeshi, I am a woman - I have a voice.

My Passions: Writing, Debate, Working for Change

My Challenges: Overcoming gender disparity and poverty that problematizes women's access to information and opportunity

My Vision for the Future: Head of an NGO or INGO and policy maker for Bangladesh and the World

My Areas of Expertise: Learning, Listening, Loving

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Hello friend,

Welcome to World Pulse online community! It is great to have you here. It is a platform where you can share, raise your voice, and change your community. I encourage you to explore the website since it has very many resources to harness. Be sure to build your online community of women from around the world. I am sure you will get to meet many women on World Pulse who are active in their community too.

I will be glad to hear more from you.

Regards

Grace Ikirimat "It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."

Hi Ikirimat,

Thank you for your lovely words. I am very excited to be hear and am looking forward to learning from all of you.

I hope to read more about your lives and your dreams.

Regards,

Raiya Kishwar Ashraf Student Asian University for Women

Raiya Kishwar Ashraf Dhaka, Bangladesh