Boishakhi is a child marriage activist and has stopped five child marriages in her area
Boishakhi Jha, a teenager, spent a busy day as a symbolic Rangpur city mayor, learning the intricacies of what goes on into running the city corporation.
Seventeen-year Boishakhi, a child marriage activist in her area, was selected as part of Plan International Bangladesh's "Girls' Take Over" campaign.
The global project aims at empowering girls and transcending the discriminations that hinder girls from taking leadership positions.
Rangpur City Corporation Mayor Mostafizar Rahman welcomed Boishakhi with flowers and took her around to introduce her to his team.
He then informed her about how the 18 departments of the city office are run on a daily basis.
She followed him around, witnessing the day-to-day activities and interactions of a city mayor, noting the nuances of the job.
“I got to learn how the different departments work to fulfill the demands of the people,” Boishakhi told the media at the end of the day.
Mayor Mostafizar Rahman said that girls must come forward to give a new leadership dimension to the challenging job of a mayor.
Boishakhi has been working to ensure women’ rights in her locality and has stopped five child marriages so far.
She stepped up during the pandemic and helped distribute masks among locals and tutored children for free so that their education isn’t hindered.