IYD: What peace means to Shorna

Shahida Akter Shorna, a Member of Young Change Makers Coalition of Bangladesh, shares her story of coming back from being a victim to a savior.

Shahida Akter Shorna, a Member of Young Change Makers Coalition of Bangladesh, shares her story of coming back from being a victim to a savior.

I think ‘peace’ means a society where every child and women enjoy their basic rights as well as they are able to do everything properly and evaluate their opinions.

I have been experiencing different barriers from my early childhood. Being a girl, I observed that there has been growing gender-based violence at home as well as outdoors due to financial crises and social prejudice rooted around us from a long times.

My parents determined to dash me into early marriage as they considered me as burden for the family. And they completed all task to handover me an older groom last year. As I involved in social activities, I was concerned over the demerits of early marriage, I stopped the marriage. I stopped the marriage for two times in my small lifeline.

I am working with a community-based programme and campaign against child marriage. We stopped at least 15 early marriage initiatives in association with local administrations and media professionals.

To build social awareness, we trained up students at primary and high school levels as they can raise vice against marry not before age of eighteen.

English newspaper the Daily Star and private financial organization IDLC recognized me, among seven inspiring women, with "Unsung Women Nation Builder Award-2017”. I got the award in social worker category.

Besides, a social organisation honoured me with title of “Malala of Bengal” which was handed over by Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu. I inspired to contribute for the society from my level best.