Bangladesh’s road to One Young World

Shy children saying their greetings

Bangladesh, officially called the People’s Republic of Bangladesh is a small country in South Asia bordered by India, Burma and the Bay of Bengal. First country to have a liberation war for the sake of their mother tongue and also to grant women suffrage. The world language day has been dedicated to our language movement and is celebrated every year on 21st February.

Our low lying country is a frequent victim of floods and natural disasters, the most recent being cyclone Aila and Sidr. When the likes of Katrina hit United States, people affected became miserable and are still trying to overcome its damages with subsidies from the government. Our government does not have the power to offer so much subsidies like U.S.A, they can only offer some aids in the form of food and shelter. Even after 2 major cyclones in a matter of 3 years; the people most affected had to start their lives all over again. These brave men and women continue their lives filled with new hopes and determination that the future would be better.

We have our two female prime ministers, who have both run the government twice – playing a significant role for women in politics as well as our male dominated society. Our people have elected a new government every term, with hope that the next time Bangladesh will resurface with a better image.  

We are a nation where we have Mercedes and Lincoln’s roaming on the streets of our capital while our laborers are working for less than 2 dollars. The divide between the rich and the poor are larger than ever. Even then we are considered to be the next 11 economies to look out for. We are the seventh most populous country and the most densely populated country in the world but we still have space for more and our population keeps growing! We are facing catastrophic climate destabilization and an increasing danger of hydrologic shocks brought on by climate change but we are not estranged. Although we contribute little to the world carbon footprint, we are still taking effective measures in going green. An example of which can be seen in the solar panels being installed in villages lead by Grameen Shakti, an initiative taken by our Nobel Laureate, Professor Mohammed Yunus.

For us life is a gift and children are God’s blessings. This is also one of the main reasons why Bangladeshis are called the happiest people in the world. Small achievements delight us; we don’t frown upon strangers but rather greet them with a smile.

My name is Kashfia Rahman-a Bangladeshi. I came upon a face book webpage called One Young World only by mere chance. I became ecstatic with the various possibilities a summit of this magnitude can have on youths of our country and the world.   I am in my last year studying Marketing and Human Resource Management from North South University. I have always considered myself to be one of the many. I am not a special person with unique attributes that people can admire. I am an average person with simple needs, who cares for her community, for the women and children of her country. As the former member of NSU SSC club (North South Social Service Club), I have participated in various programs. I have worked with members of the Quantum foundation and helped them organize the Blood Donation drive. I have also volunteered and emceed for the Aids Awareness seminar, the Corporate Social Responsibility workshop (CSR) and Corporate grooming workshop. I have helped raise funds for relief during natural calamities such as cyclone Sidr and Aila. I have helped a private organization’s venture by providing homeless people with winter clothes. I annually give away clothes and books to street children who are being tutored by a local NGO. I have volunteered in the Human Trafficking Awareness program and have written a research paper on the women and children trafficking in Bangladesh and their rehabilitation. I have also written a paper on reality based self-defense for women. I have collaborated as a freelance translator and translated interviews of various general practitioners around Bangladesh for BRAC. I am very grateful to be chosen as an OYW delegate and to have the chance to represent my country.

I believe that youth of today’s world does not need special qualities to become a leader. With passion, dedication and motivation to strive for the best anything can be achieved. I came across a girl who needs to take at least 60 pills and 15 injections for different complications due to an autoimmune disease. She has never lost hope; instead she has been fighting the disease and continues to study in one of my most prestigious universities of our country. This kind of faith is what makes youths of our time so strong. I plan to portray the essence of Bangladesh at the OYW Summit. I hope to make as many friends as possible with our future world leaders and bring every single country from different cultures under one platform and form a new family- A One Young World.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Deshi Man
    Apr 03, 2010 @ 19:16:43

    I like and appreciate the way that you think about Bangladesh. And I would like to invite you here for some healthy discussions:


  3. Sunny
    Apr 07, 2010 @ 05:59:12

    I’m proud to see that you are writing about your vision. Us probashi Bangladeshis of the next generation are also planningto change Bangladesh…keep writing and keep us updated of what you are doing..thanks.


  4. Mohammad Nozmul Haque
    May 02, 2010 @ 17:50:26

    Since you have wrote about non residents migrants of Bangladesh I hoped that there are some current statistical data will be included like percentage of skilled and unskilled migrant, how many percentage of remittance send by legal channel etc. Though you have took shelter of emotion yet I shall approciate you for your good thinking.


  5. rahman kashfia
    May 24, 2010 @ 06:12:55

    Hi!! Thanks for reading this article. However I did not mention anything about non-resident migrants of Bangladesh in this article, which is why I did not use any kind of statistical data regarding non-resident migrants and skilled and unskilled migrants.
    I think this comment was meant for a more recent article. You can see I mentioned the my source at the end of the article.

    ‘THIS’ article was used from my PoV since this is my way to explain my reason to represent Bangladesh in a global summit like One Young World. Hope my explanation was clear enough.


  6. razwan
    Jul 10, 2010 @ 13:06:13

    very impressive apu (y)


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