IYD: What peace means to Faez

‘A peaceful society is that in which every individual lives by his own rights’

‘A peaceful society is that in which every individual lives by his own rights’

I am Faez, a 20 years old youth activist from Barisal. I am currently studying in University of Liberal Arts (ULAB) Bangladesh. I am a member of the Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) of Plan International Bangladesh. I have also worked as the founding president of the Barisal Youth Society (BYS).

I come from the southern part of the country. Climate change has a telling effect on this part of the country. Calamities such as SIDR, AILA or MAHASEN are yearly companions for the people of our locality, which ultimately hampers the economic condition of the locality as well. Along with this, social problems such as child marriage, unawareness about sexual and reproductive health rights, cybercrimes, violence against women are also prevalent here. We know that almost 45 percent of the population is youth. So, as a youth I believe it is my duty to try and solve these problems. And from such thought, I founded the Barisal Youth Society (BYS) in 2014, which is now acknowledged as the biggest youth organisation in the southern part of the country.

In the past year, we prevented 257 child marriages and helped 130 women who were victim to violence by the help of 24 support centres. I also helped to set up 15 stalls and gave 10 sewing machines to unemployed young people with a goal to develop a sustainable Bangladesh. To ensure the participation of young people and to amplify the youths’ voices we organised ‘Youth Fest’, which saw its 4th ceremony on the 20-21st July, 2017. Government and NGO officials were present in the festival.

There have been some terrorist incidents recently involving a handful of young people. But I, along with my organisation, am trying to portray the true picture of Bangladesh to the youths, which is to work hand in hand for a better, prosperous Bangladesh.

To me a peaceful society is that in which every individual lives by his own rights.