INTERNATIONAL WORK CAMP
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
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