Bangladeshi teenager takes the reins of Swedish embassy for a day to promote girls’ rights
Plan International Bangladesh hosted the Girls Takeover program on Monday to mark International Day of the Girl Child.
After spending the day as Swedish Ambassador, Runa called for girls at all levels of the country to be given equal rights and opportunities.
Plan organized 70 such takeovers in Bangladesh this month, allowing girls from different parts of the country to symbolically receive responsibility for key political, economic and diplomatic positions for one day.
âServing as an ambassador today inspired me to develop leadership skills,â said Runa.
“I will be able to empower other girls like me, create opportunities for them and, most importantly, work to ensure technological literacy in line with this year’s theme.”
âIn most cases, the girls in our community find it difficult to understand their skills and how far they can go in developing them. They too can become leaders and bring about change in society.
As a member of the youth community, Runa also works in the education of children, ensuring the rights of adolescent girls and preventing child marriage.
The Swedish Embassy participated in this Girls Takeover event following Sweden’s feminist foreign policy which aims to promote gender equality and the rights of all women and girls.
Swedish Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexandra Berg von Linde said: âOn International Day of the Girl, we celebrate the power and potential of girls – challenging stereotypes, breaking down barriers between gender and demanding change.
Calling to focus on existing challenges, she said: âGirls are often the first victims when human rights are violated – in real life and online. They suffer from double discrimination, for their age and sex.
âHanding over the ambassadorial position for a day to a girl is one way of demonstrating the need to make girls’ voices heard. Today – and every day, âshe added.
Plan International said this year that they were working around the theme âGirls Enjoy Equal Freedom Onlineâ – The Misinformation and Disinformation Girls and Young Women Face in the Digital World.