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Loud and clear: digital story-telling gives Bangladeshi youth a voice


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An EC funded project in Bangladesh has enabled six young people to creatively use media technology to get their messages about sexual and reproductive health and rights to a wider audience.

In December 2012, a group of 10 young people from across Bangladesh met together in Dhaka for a five day workshop to develop short digital stories about their roles as youth advocates and peer leaders. The Alliance’s linking organisation in Bangladesh, HASAB, was a co-organiser.

Six individual films were created using photos, hand drawn pictures and designs selected by the young people, which were then woven into a narrative. Narrated by the young people themselves, the stories describe their efforts to change community perceptions, to advocate for improved youth-friendly services, and work with the most marginalised young people to promote their access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) information and services. 

For example, in Jannutul’s film, she tells how, after going to meetings organised by HASAB, she was able to reach out to Rumi, a young girl in her community who was involved in sex work. And Tania tells the story of how attending meetings organised by HASAB helped her to convince her parents not to arrange a marriage for her.

The films are available on-line (see links below) and many young people have been able to watch and hear about issues that are not openly discussed in Bangladeshi society. 

The workshop was organised as part of the European Commission funded Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights policies in South Asia programme (also known as the ‘Action Project’) which ran from 2010-2013. You can read more about the programme here.

Watch the stories:

Jannatul's story

Raju's story

Shamina's story

Swan's story

Tania's story

Sorolipy's story