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Rima Sultana to work to prevent violence against women and child marriage

  • Published at 12:14 pm November 26th, 2020
Rima Sultana Rimu
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Two Bangladeshi women have been recently enlisted in the BBC 100 Women 2020, including Rima

Rima Sultana Rimu, who has been enlisted in BBC 100 Women 2020, is interested in working to prevent violence against women and child marriage.

She said: “Young women must come forward to prevent violence against women and child marriage across the country. Where there is violence against women, it must be prevented collectively. As a woman, I am very interested in working for women.”

“When I went to work in the Rohingya camp, I saw the discrimination against women very closely. Therefore, it is necessary to create awareness among women by educating them,“ Rima added. 

Two Bangladeshi women have been named in the list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2020 revealed by the BBC -- Rima, a teacher from Cox’s Bazar’s Ramu upazila, and Rina Akter, a former sex worker.

Rima also said: “I am grateful to my organization Jago Nari Unnayan Sangstha and the recognition will inspire me to do more creative and humanitarian work in the future.”

“People need to play a role for the welfare of themselves. The youth should not give up in good deeds. We must always strive to meet the challenges."

Rima’s success will be a milestone

Rima’s friends and colleagues are overjoyed by her success.

Her friend Umme Salma said: “I am proud of Rima’s success. I want to work hand in hand with her. Rima’s success will be a milestone for other women.”

Shiuli Sharma, executive director of Jago Nari Unnayan Sangstha, said: “The entire organization is happy and proud of Rima's success. At least 30 volunteer girls from Ramu and Ukhia upazilas took part in the training for the election of the UN Girls’ Ambassador.”

“Among them, Rima was elected as the UN Girls’ Ambassador with the highest efficiency and merit. She has made commendable contributions to the spread of education, implementation of women's rights, social development and awareness activities among Rohingya women and children. The world is seeing its recognition today.”

For several years, Rima Sultana has been conducting humanitarian activities to address the Rohingya refugee situation – by promoting education for Rohingya refugee women and children, eliminating gender inequality, conducting age-based literacy activities, and promoting peace, security and women advancement through radio broadcasts and theater performances.

In 2019, while serving for Jago Nari Unnayan Sangstha, she was elected as the girl’s ambassador of the UN Department of Women's Affairs.

She is also a member of Cox's Bazar-based Young Women Leaders for Peace and an activist for the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders working for the welfare of adolescents from conflict-ridden countries.