ActionAid Bangladesh and the Dhrubotara Youth Development Foundation (DYDF) organized a dialogue on “Young people in conversation with the DNCC mayor: Making Dhaka an inclusive city”. The Daily Star was the media partner of the event. The dialogue was organized with the aim of harnessing the power of young people and the participation of young people in the decision-making structure of the city company and in urban development.
The Honorable Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation Md. Atiqul Islam was present as the main guest at this event.
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The Mayor of DNCC Md. Atiqul Islam said – The development of a modern youth participation in the city is very important. He said that the youth must take initiatives and leadership to develop a modern big city. To build a clean city people need to know and clean up their area. He said that for the employment of the trans community, the city company decided to appoint trans people as cleaners. He promised to stand by the youth and called on the youth to create a social movement to raise public awareness.
Distinguished human rights activist Adv. Sultana Kamal Said- Youth participation is required in city companies for a big city without exclusions. Proposes the education of young people and monitors the activities of young people. It also proposes a budget for young people. He encouraged young people to participate in social activities and take initiatives.
Nazmul Ahsan, Youth Program Manager, ActionAid Bangladesh said – To inspire and support youth, the city company must allocate a budget for their social and cultural activities. Separate projects and training programs are needed for slum dwellers.
Korban Ali, Deputy Director, ActionAid Bangladesh said – In order to reduce air pollution, a separate smoking zone should be created. Transsexuals have problems with their national ID cards, so separate arrangements must be made for them to be properly vaccinated.
Maruf Hossain, Joint Secretary of BAPA, said: “A Ward-based youth group should be set up and these groups should work directly with the city company.
Amiya Prapan Chakraborty Arka, Executive Director of Dhrubotara Youth Development Foundation (DYDF) facilitated the whole dialogue.
Mehedi Hasan Janet, Project Coordinator of the Dhrubotara Youth Development Foundation organized and is monitoring the event.
The young participants discussed their requests and recommendations with the DNCC mayor.
1. The participation of young people must be ensured in the decision-making and budgeting process of the City Corporation.
2. To reduce air pollution, roads should be washed regularly and different smoking zones set up.
3. To ensure health care, separate hospital ticket counters are needed for women, men, children, people with physical disabilities and transsexuals.
4. Education and training centers should be set up in each ward and special facilities should be provided for people with disabilities, such as physical problems, street children, transsexuals, etc.
5. Establish a free bus service for students and provide adequate seating for women, children and trans people on public transport.
6. WASA needs to improve water quality and sewerage. Proper coordination between electricity, water, gas and other government agencies or authorities is needed to reduce suffering and waste of money.
7. Appropriate public toilets and separate public toilets for trans people should be constructed.
8. Cultural centers should be created for the entertainment and refreshment of the inhabitants. Appropriate playgrounds, gyms and libraries must also be set up.