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Monica Islam

About Me: 

It was not until 2010 that I discovered my passion for social and economic development while volunteering for a local youth-led organization. As a field community worker, I had to share Eid festivities with about 50 underprivileged children by decorating their hands with henna, a customary practice which the well-off take for granted. Through that first volunteerism experience, I realized that it was fairly easy to spread happiness- all it needs is a collective selfless effort. Since then, I spent two years working in the development sector. My role leveraged the power of mass media to generate renewed interest in civic engagement. Working with leading local dailies, I facilitated the publication of articles on youth volunteerism efforts. I was still remotely attached to the media then.

In 2011, my change advocacy was amplified when I joined the Independent Bangladesh, a renowned English daily newspaper in Bangladesh. As a Regular Contributor, I wrote on issues ranging from university club reforms to sexual harassment in stores. I worked there for one full year before shifting to the Daily Star (Bangladesh), the largest circulating English daily newspaper in Bangladesh, in mid-2013. I am currently working as a Feature Writer for the Daily Star’s fashion and lifestyle supplement Star Lifestyle.

In 2013, I was one of 31 women from around the world to achieve a spot in the Voices of Our Future program organized by World Pulse. The program seeks to increase skills in digital media and solutions-oriented journalism.

In 2014, I have been selected for the 'Writing and Reporting News' training program by Thomson Reuters Foundation. I am also enrolled in 'Roadblocks Along the Silk Road,' a multimedia training program to tell the stories of youth, women, and migration in Asia, organized by International Center for Journalists. I host two shows on Sylvia Global Media Network - 'Women of Bangladesh' and 'Parenting Worldwide.'

Learner || Bookaholic || Writer || Fishetarian || Reformist || Explorer of new ideas & cultures || Media professional

Drop by my profiles if you're inquisitive enough:

twitter.com/MonicaIslam1
facebook.com/monica.islam09
bd.linkedin.com/in/monicaislam

My Passions: 
Human Rights; Creative Writing; Media Communications; International Relations & Development; Fashion and Entertainment; Exploring Cultures; Peace and Happiness
My Challenges: 
Gender-based violence epidemic
My Vision for the Future: 
Equitable leadership, Peace, Establishing human rights
My Areas of Expertise: 
Writing, Advocacy, Finance, Marketing, Communications
My Languages: 
Bengali, English

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