In December 2012, a Bangladeshi school girl was brutally abused by a group of men who, despite being identified, went unpunished for nearly a month. In protest of the crime and gross negligence by authorities, The Hunger Project-Bangladesh and the National Girl Child Advocacy forum brought more than 400 people together in a human chain in front of the National Press Club.
A new round of workshops aim to train 300 more volunteer activists called Union Parishad animators. These animators have already begun to step up efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 including efforts to improve adult literacy, empower women in their communities and reduce primary school dropout rates.
It is challenging as a woman in Bangladesh to thrive in a male-dominated society. A strong woman has to be a survivor. Manowara Afroz Saleha is a model of such a powerful woman. From childhood, Saleha dreamed of being a teacher and someone who worked for the development and betterment of society.