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Event Date: 
December 17, 2009 (All day) - January 18, 2010 (All day)

PHREB is looking for International Volunteers for an Intl. Work Camp

PHREB (Promoting Human Rights and Education in Bangladesh) is a Chittagong based progressive women’s human rights organization. Since its inception in 2004, PHREB has focused on promoting women’s human rights, gender equality and good governance. It also endeavors to support access to education for the girls and young women. The organization’s ethos has a heavy emphasis on the elimination of violence towards young women. Under the financial support from ICCO the Netherlands, PHREB has been organizing school mobilization campaigns, community based campaigns, local workshops, trainings, group discussions, fairs and rallies in an attempt to alleviate gender discrimination in Bangladesh. By undertaking such activities, PHREB aims to build an awareness and understanding of human rights and gender equality among people, regardless of age, sex and socio-economic status.

Violence towards young women is rampant in Bangladesh. Millions of women are vulnerable to physical, sexual, mental and verbal abuse by male classmates, boyfriends, and family members. Rape, sexual harassment, sexual coercion and acid throwing are some of the worst forms of violence experienced by young women. Suicide, as a result of being subject to such psychological torture and sexual harassment, is becoming increasingly more common. The victims are not heard, they have no voice. Many accounts are not even reported, for fear of being pursued by the culprits, or to protect the families’ reputation. There is little social justice for repressed young women and girls in Bangladesh. Law enforcers are easily bribed and/or succumb easily to political pressure. Perpetrators are also often protected by more influential political parties with whom they hold allegiance

PHREB strives to bring about an end to such patriarchal and gender orientated discrimination. Women are traditionally perceived of as holding a lower societal status, with few fundamental human rights.

In December 2009, PHREB will be hosting an annual international work camp in the Chittagong region and in Cox’s Bazar. There will be a pre-departure briefing session to all volunteers on Bangladeshi culture, society, customs and work by former international volunteers of PHREB. The month long international work camp will start with a training program for the participants in Bangladesh. The international volunteers (with local staff and volunteers) will organize school workshops for students, teachers, and parents, as well as community based workshops for key community persons, cultural functions in schools, training for teachers, religious leaders, and parents on social, gender, human rights, and sexual reproductive rights. Generation of creative ideas will be encouraged in both formal and informal meetings. The camp is a means by which to work together in a diverse cross-cultural setting in an attempt to bring about positive, equitable and long lasting change to Bangladeshi society.

Application Deadline and Program Fee
The deadline for application is October 10, 2009

100 euro (non-refundable) registration fee.
200 euro program fee. Includes accommodation, food, and transport (work related) for one month.

To Apply Contact
Central Office
Faridul Alam
Managing Director
House # A/13, 3rd floor, Road 1, Block A, Chandgaon R/A, Chittagong 4212 Bangladesh

Tel: +880 31 257 1170

Chittagong and Cox's Bazar
Chittagong 4212


Tania's picture

Looking for your feedback

Dear friends

Our organization will be hosting an international work camp to mobilize schools, communities and governments organizations and policy makers to end violence against girl child. The event will be held in January 2010. Please participate in this program and make a difference.

There are many ways for you to make this event a success. You can give your feedback to us about this event, write a letter to the news paper, school, individuals and grant making organizations describing this event, invite your friends to join this event and make a donation to organize events such as school workshop, cultural function, parents awareness meeting, advocacy seminar, human rights summit and establishing schools, libraries and vocational training centre for girls.

I am looking forward to hear from you all in this regard


Program Director & President
Adolescent Girls Alliance

angela saunders's picture

A Chittagongian...

Dear Tania,
This is absolutely fabulous - I would like to learn more and get involved. I currently live in Chittagong, though I am a Canadian. I am teaching at the newly established Asian University for Women. I would really like to find out more about what you are doing and how I might be able to help. I am privileged to teach many talented motivated young women from Asia who might also be interested in your work as well.
I am so thrilled to see that such work is happening Chittagong, there is a great need here - congratulations on all you have done and all that you will do.
I am looking forward to hearing from you,

Tania's picture

Get Involved

Dear Angela

Warm greetings from PHREB!

I am so pleased to reply your email. Your email is so encouraging for me and for our great organization. I am sure that all the girls of BKAF alliances will be happy to know that you are interested to get involved with our organization. You are welcome to join us. I am currently in the Netherlands for study at ISS. I would like to request you to get in touch with our Managing Director Mr. Faridul Alam who can be reached via cell phone 01714117194. I have requested him to meet you as soon as possible to discuss about our organization and how you can get involved with our works.

So please get in touch with him as soon as possible. I am sure you will be a great advocate for women's human rights in Bangladesh. Bangladeshi girls need you very much.

Best regards


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