The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh handed over the grant decision for the project 'Shomotay Tarunno: Youth for Equality' to Plan International Bangladesh and Jaago Foundation on Tuesday.

The event was attended by Thijs Woudstra, Charge d 'Affairs of the Netherlands Embassy, Jolly Nur Haque, Director, Program Development and Learning of Plan International Bangladesh, Korvi Rakshand, President of Jaago Foundation and relevant officials from the two organizations and the Embassy.

During the next four years (2024-2027), the initiative will address negative gender stereotypes which hinder equality between women, men and gender diverse people in Bangladeshi society. Shomotay Tarunno will follow a youth-centered and media focus approach where young people in all their diversities will be supported to safely exercise and promote equal rights.

Media in all its forms will be involved to render a positive twist to gender norms projection to create awareness among the mass population. The project is engrained in the four Rs of feminist principles and will contribute to, Rights; Representation; Resources; and Reality check. Youth and community members will ensure that the project activities are implemented in a way that is most appropriate to the local context.

Plan International and Jaago Foundation along with other consortium partners will work to amplify the rights, representation and resources of young people at all levels and lobby/advocacy with all types of media to combat harmful gender stereotypes and create a more equal society where every citizen may exercise their human rights at its fullest.

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