Corona Prevention of Diversity Social Café On Digital Medium with Diversity for Peace

করোনা প্রতিরোধে বৈচিত্র্যের ঐক্যতানে ডিজিটাল মাধ্যম-এর সামাজিক ক্যাফে (Diversity Talks)

The most discussed issue in year 2020 is the outburst of Covid-19 pandemic. Bangladesh has also been hit by this coronavirus pandemic in March,2020. Close to three lakh cases have been confirmed so far while the death toll has already crossed 4000. And both numbers are gradually rising. The government has announced public holidays for so many months and asked everyone to stay home. But people are defying the government’s stay-at-home orders for different reasons. People who has a very low to small income i.e. the garments workers, are coming out on the streets in protest. While the government has granted reliefs for the poor people, cries for help in the country are growing more desperate. But there are also people who are not obeying government’s orders for no reason. This tendency is especially seen among the youth.

Bangladesh is country with diversified people and culture. People from different religions and ethnicities live in peace together in this country. In order to raise awareness among these diversified people, especially among the youth – who are most likely to defy the government orders – The Earth Society has already taken the initiative of organizing Corona Prevention of Diversity Social Café on Digital Medium with Diversity for Social Peace, an awareness raising campaign.

  Objectives

    • To establish a digital platform dedicated to work on raising awareness
    • To identify the most vulnerable communities, i.e. the indigenous people living in remote areas and ensure their wellbeing
    • To collaborate with relevant authorities i.e. ministries, directorates and individuals to work on this cause
    • To have effective discussions with the panelists and find solutions to tackle this crisis
    • To engage diversified people, especially the youth and know their opinions
    • To learn from different communities about their own ways of tackling a pandemic
    • To make awareness raising songs and disseminate them in different languages i.e. indigenous languages

Diversity Talks

    # Episode-1

The Earth Society in collaboration with Diversity for Peace and UNDP, Bangladesh organized an episode of Diversity Talks titled “Youth as Peace Ambassadors“, in 11th August,2020. The episode covered the key issues such as the youth’s role during this pandemic to maintain peace and tolerance. The needs and destitutions of different groups and communities along with the diversified communities was addressed and what could be the role of youth to fight in this pandemic situation that was discussed in the program.

Zahid Ahsan Russell, State Minister for Youth and Sports, Sudipta Mukherjee, Resident Representative, UNDP, Mohammad Mohsin, Captain, Bangladesh Wheelchair Cricket Team, Jahanara Alam, Cricketer, Bangladesh National Women’s Cricket Team and F-Minor Band’s Lead Vocalist Pinky Patricia Chiran joined the event as panelists. Besides, live telecasted in facebook the episode was aired on RTV and published through Daily Ittefaq as they have become the media partner of the program. More than 200,000 audiences have been enjoyed the program through these social mediums.  

    #Episode-2

The outburst of Covid-19 pandemic has drastically changed the lives of people in every aspect. During this pandemic situation to run, our daily activities technology and digital medium helped us on an immense level. To understand the role of technology and digital medium an online program has been organized by The Earth Society in collaboration with UNDP and its Diversity for Peace program on 5th September 2020. The program was moderated by Zara Mahbub, Country Director of Kazi IT Center on the topic of- “Role of Technology and Digital Medium to Ensure Intercultural Harmony, Creating Awareness among Marginalized People to Fight against the COVID-19”. The use of technology and digital medium in education, health, business and some other sectors has been discussed in the program and how different technology and social media can help us to maintain a peaceful situation among all classes of people have also been discussed in the program.

Honorable State Minister for ICT Division, Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP; Md. Akhter Hossain, Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports; The Project Manager of UNDP Bangladesh’s PTIB project, Robert Stoelman; Sonia Bashir Kabir, Founder of SBK Tech Ventures and SBK Foundation; Syed Tayabul Bashar, Chairman of Save and Serve Foundation; and Mohon Rabidas, Activist of Bangladesh Tea Community joined the event as panelists to discuss the topic. Besides, live telecasted in facebook the episode was aired on RTV and published through Daily Ittefaq as they have become the media partner of the program.

  #Episode-3

The epidemic Covid-19 has been spread in the last few months in Bangladesh as well as all over the world. Today, almost every person in our society has been directly and indirectly affected by this epidemic. This pandemic has widened the distance between all of us to prevent this virus. Due to this epidemic, many marginalized people in our country are facing various inequalities, intolerances, and obstacles in their everyday life. Today, physical and mental abuse of women has increased from house to house. To fight against the Covid-19 pandemic together The Earth Society in collaboration with Diversity for Peace and UNDP, Bangladesh organized an episode of Diversity Talks titled “Leaving No one behind while responding to Covid-19”, in 25th November 2020. With the moderation of Qantara Khan, Faculty Member at Independent University, Bangladesh & Board Member of Suchinta Foundation the program was basically focused on the discussion of- maintaining peace and harmony in our society by eliminating inequality and intolerance during Covid-19 and also there was a discussion on maintaining sustainable peace by preserving social inclusion and removing gender-based violence among the marginalized people.

Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury, MP, Honorable Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education; Abul Kalam Azad, special envoy of the climate-vulnerable forum & former chief coordinator of SDGs; Farzana Rupa, Special Correspondent, Ekattor tv; Ashekur Rahman, Assistant Resident Representative (Governance Portfolio Manager), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Max Rani, Representative from Hijra Community; Joy Shahriar, Singer, and social worker joined the event as panellists to discuss the topic.

Besides, live telecasted in Facebook the episode was aired on RTV and published through Daily Ittefaq as they have become the media partner of the program

    #Episode-4

In a year, 2020 the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic has been directly and indirectly affecting the lives of almost every person in our society. Although the epidemic has created a human-to-human distance, our youths have come forward to help people. Through their voluntary activities, the youth have come forward to help the helpless people in their respective areas as well as the people in various remote parts of our country. Not only that, in this time of the epidemic, the youth have also come forward with their innovative ideas on how to ensure peace and harmony by removing all kinds of differences in our society. Therefore, it can be said that though Covid-19 has created inequality but also it has made our youths responsible to the people of its own country. To fight against the Covid-19 pandemic together The Earth Society in collaboration with Diversity for Peace and UNDP, Bangladesh organized an episode of Diversity Talks titled “Promoting Peaceful coexistence among people of diverse identities in Covid-19 pandemic”, on 25 December 2020. With the moderation of Ashik Rahman, Chief Executive Officer, Bengal Media Corporation Limited (Rtv), the program was focused on the discussion of youths in maintaining peaceful social order and ensuring peaceful coexistence among diverse communities during the Covid-19 epidemic and also the positive attitude of our youth during the Covid-19 pandemic and our responsibility towards them.

Professor Dr Md. Sadequl Arefin, Vice-Chancellor, University of Barishal; Waseka Ayesha Khan, MP, Honorable Parliament Member, Bangladesh Parliament; Khushi Kabir, Secretary, Nijera Kori, Human Rights Activist; Coordinator, One Billion Rising, Bangladesh; Sanjeeb Drong, General Secretary, Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum; Philip Gain, Researcher and Director of Society for Environment and Human Development (SEHD) joined the event as panelists to discuss the topic.

Besides, live telecasted in Facebook the episode was aired on RTV and published through Daily Ittefaq as they have become the media partner of the program