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VOF Week 2 (Voice of Our Future: Dreaming for a Positive World)

I studied honours and masters in International Relations from Dhaka University. Therefore after working for a while here in Bangladesh with Amnesty International Bangladesh, Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, various media organization including print and electronic media I came to realized to have more education from abroad. I tried and this time my destination was Department of Social work, Goteborg University. I completed an International Master Degree from there and came back to Bangladesh. No doubt I am one among the privileged women group of Bangladesh since more than half of total population can’t go to even school here! Still as an unmarried girl from Bangladesh I too had to take it as a challenge to go for higher studies to a distant land. My family had to be very strong for supporting such pursuit of their only daughter. I began to feel the heaviness of responsibility on my shoulders as soon as my flight left runway. I did my master thesis on Bangladeshi immigrant women living in Sweden. The findings of my research and being a woman from Bangladesh made me think that if could do something fruitful and effective for Bangladeshi Women! Advocacy, Communication and research are very important in learning and doing something effectively. Therefore beside my other activities I became member of Women for Women, Canada and from their website I came to know about the Voices of Our Future. Now it’s a new journey for me where at the end I will be able to speak for myself and my countries women. For sure, if I can speak loudly and constructively my voice will be heard through the “Voices of Our Future” and it will help me to fulfill my vision.


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As a young Bangladeshi woman, you have really made a name for yourself by pursuing such a high education, studying abroad, and especially for taking this education and turning it into a role of leadership and change for women in your country. I wish you the best of luck in fulfilling your vision!

Warm regards,

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Dear Jadefrank, Thank you

Dear Jadefrank,
Thank you from the core of my heart for your wishing.

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Dear Mridula,

Congrats on all your educational successes! Your family must be very proud of you.

I would very much like to hear more about your family expriences and the specifics around your decisions. (Please don't be afraid to share details! The details hold the meaning to your stories.) What was the catalyst for wanting such an education? How did you make these decisions considering the pressure you were under? I think your stories - with some more detail - will ignite passion in other women if they too read about the pressures and struggles you endured to create the life you have now.

Your passion for women's leadership and change is wonderful - and there is no doubt you are very action oriented! Thank you for your beautiful posting - I look forward to hearing/reading more.


Molly Rudberg-Leshnock
Curator of Leadership
Brand Storyteller

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VOF Week 2 assignment

Hi Mridula,

My name is Genice and I am your listener for the Week 2 assignment. I was wonderful to hear your story and I was very impressed by your personal drive and desire to make a difference for other women in your country. Congratulations on your educational accomplishments and for having the courage to go beyond the social norm and follow your heart and instincts. I encourage you to continue to push yourself forward with advanced training.

I loved hearing about your journey and ambitions. However, like Molly stated above, I would love to know more details about your personal situation and your thinking that led you to these decisions. I would love to hear stories which weaved in details of the social pressure you were under and how you decided to move forward given those pressures and expectations. What motivated you to take on these new challenges? How is your family adapting to your decision. I would love to hear more about your ambitions and a bit more of the specifics of how you would like to apply your education.

Keep going! You are an inspiration to women around the globe.

Best of luck on next week's assignment.

Oakland, California, USA

Genice Jacobs

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