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1,200 disadvantaged young women empowered in coastal areas

Special Correspondent Woman 2024-04-02, 2:28pm

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1,200 disadvantaged young women empowered in coastal areas



Dhaka, Apr 2 - BRAC's Skill Development Programme (SDP) has created employment opportunities for 1,200 young women who were previously disadvantaged and lagging behind in coastal areas vulnerable to climate change.

School dropouts are provided with hands-on training under BRAC's Skills Training for Advancing Resources (STAR) model as apprentices under local businessmen in the 'Ustad-Saagred' system, which is believed to be more effective than traditional on-the-job training.

This training has been provided to young women in coastal areas from January 2023 to March of this year under the 'Alternative Learning Pathway for School Dropout Girls in Climate Vulnerable Regions of Bangladesh' project, implemented by SDP in collaboration with the US Embassy.

On this occasion, a programme titled 'Bridge to Success: Alternative Learning Pathways Project Learning and Knowledge Dissemination' was organised on Monday at BRAC Centre, Mohakhali, Dhaka.

In her address, Sharlina Hussain-Morgan, the Director of Public Engagement at the US Embassy, emphasised, "While this training programme may have concluded for now, it is not the end, it is the beginning. Our aim is to witness a substantial influx of female entrepreneurs in Bangladesh, who will make significant contribution to the nation's economy.”

Tasmiah Tabassum Rahman, Associate Director of BRAC SDP, underscored the accomplishments of the SDP and Star Model initiatives during the programme, noting that over 71% of the young women who underwent training have secured employment. Of this percentage, 11% participants were persons with disabilities.

Safi Rahman Khan, Director of Education, SDP, and Migration expressed gratitude during the event.

He emphasised the significant endeavours underway within the programme, particularly regarding the marketplace. Enhancing inclusivity within this market, especially to bolster the participation of women and individuals with disabilities, remains a vital focus.

Some of the young women who received training through this project shared their experiences and achievements.

A day-long 'Eid Fair', held at the BRAC Central Plaza, where various products made by the trained youth from BRAC were displayed.

The fair included clothes, jute products, bamboo and rattan products, furniture, pottery, beauty salon services and mobile phone servicing.

Additionally, there were bioscopes and fascinating magic shows.

Since its inception in 2012, the STAR programme has provided training to over 120,000 youths.

Among them, approximately 64% are female, and 10% are persons with disabilities. Alongside BRAC, partners in this initiative include the Bureau of Non-Formal Education (BNFE), UNICEF, and the International Labour Organization (ILO).-UNB