Reneka and Mritu take over to make the virtual place safe for girls
Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that works for children’s rights and equality for girls. Founded in Bangladesh, since 1994, Plan International has worked globally in more than 85 countries. It is the world's largest organization, that is working for the next 10 years with a specific focus on advancing equality for girls.
Plan International arranges #Girlstakover events every year where one young girl is selected to take over the position of someone with higher work responsibilities for half a day or full day. On such a day, she speaks on behalf of her organization and behalf of all the other girls of her age. The suggestions provided from her end are given in the light of the commitment that the person whose job is taken over will ensure that it will be taken into consideration, and a fruitful impact will be created. This year’s agenda is "online freedom". For such agendas, Mritu and Reneka were chosen to take over the job of Sonia Bashir Kabir and a top executive position in Telenor Group for a day respectively.
Mritu is a youth activist who’s been working since a very young age. In the light of the given agenda, as she was chosen to take over the position of Sonia Bashir and to speak on behalf of the girls of her organizations and of the nation, Mritu made sure to point out the assurance of girls' safety in a virtual world within 24 hours. She suggested creating an app where a girl can issue the report of her online harassment and receive a quick response.
She mentions that until action is not taken, girls will be given the continuation of harassment will be continued, the girls will face black slash from the society for being vocal about their harassment and this will result in increasing their confidence, as well as freedom. After hearing the suggestion, Sonia Bashair was very pleased with the idea and is excited to be sitting with Mritu again to make this possible.
“I am a girl, I too can do it and I need the society to accept me equally,” said Mritu. With this belief, she hopes to make necessary changes, being a youth activist, and inspire girls and level up their range of freedom and confidence.
Reneka too, has been in advocacy since school life and has learned a lot through her years of working with different programs and organizations. She mentions that, once in a panel, when she pointed out a noteworthy change, the honourable member participating in the panel happily showed her the bill of the amendment and he also ensured her that necessary changes would be made faster.
In this year's event of the take over the episode, Reneka took over the job of a top executive position in Telenor Group for a day. To progress from a male-dominated society even in the virtual world, Reneka suggested Telenor to conduct more research on girls of both rural and urban areas, and make the presence of girls in the digital world a safe and free place to be. She says that, even though there are powerful women in this country, they are powerless in the sphere of the virtual world.
Since a very young age, she believed that her voice will be heard, she trusted the INGOs and she has moved forward. She says that such kind of positive attribute and determination should be preached. She believes that, if one Reneka can move forward that means 20 other girls like her can move forward. Hence she leaves the suggestion to create a safer environment for women so they can progress equally and powerfully just as the men both in virtual and in the world or reality.