Violent extremism is a global concern. Different forms of violent extremism increased around the world. Unlike the other countries, violence on the basis of religion, ethnicity, national origin etc. are boosted in Bangladesh. Women, children, youth even person with disability are becoming victims.
Bangladeshis are peace loving nation and they have been living in harmony with different religious groups for thousands of years. But some radicals try to break our social harmony all the time.
Governments alone cannot address violent extremism without multistakeholder approach. Civil society must play a critical role in changing discourse among communities where extremism germinates, engaging and educating the public, especially young people.
Speakers said in a launching ceremony of a project titled “Community Engagement in Countering Violent Extremism in Cox’s Bazar District” funded by GCERF (Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund). The project will be implemented by YPSA under direct involvement of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Bangladesh.
The launching ceremony was held at the conference room of Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Cox’sbazar on 20 October 2016.
Md. Ashadul Islam, Director General of NGO Affairs Bureau, Prime Minister Office was present as the chief guest while Md. Ali Hossain, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Cox’sbazar presided over the program.
Additional DC (general) Kazi Abdur Rahman moderated the program. Additional DC (Education & ICT) Saiful Islam Mazumder and Chief Executive of YPSA Md. Arifur Rahman gave welcome speech.
UNO of Cox’sbazar Md. Shahinur Islam, UNO of Ramu Md. Shahjahan Ali also gave their speech in the meeting
The project profile was presented by Khaleda Begum, team leader of CEVEC, YPSA.
Representatives from police super office, Youth Development Department, Islamic Foundation, local government, print and electronic media, Imam Samiti, civil society, students and teachers from schools, colleges and maddrashas, religious leaders participated in the project launching program.