supro womens dayHalf of the world population is woman and it is not possible to reach towards inclusive development without all-round participation of women, and today's young girls are future women and with this view the theme of this year's International Women's Day has been chosen as 'Connecting Girls, Inspiring Future'. SUPRO being a rights based organization showed full solidarity with the theme and organized a Human Rally, Signing Campaign and Street Drama to observe the International Women Day on March 8, 2012 in front of National Museum, Dhaka.

Representatives from different likeminded organizations, Dhaka Campaign Group and other individuals actively participated in the Human Chain and many showed their full solidarity by signing on this year's slogan. A drama group from Dhaka University performed a street drama where the message was the importance of girls' leadership and connecting them in inclusive development process. From SUPRO, Uma Chowdhury, Director; Abu Ala

Mahmudul Hasan, Deputy Director; Mousumi Biswas, Coordinator; Kazi Shafiqur Rahman, Coordinator; Saif Udddin Ahmed, Coordinator; Md. Shariful Islam, Associate Coordinator; Shamima Akhter, Associate Coordinator and Md. Tariq-Ul-Hassan Khan, Associate Coordinator along with Unnyati Rani, member of SUPRO Dhaka Campaign Group and Executive Director of DEP; Firoja Begum, Executive Director, Bachte Shekho; Monsur Ali, Executive Director, Fulbari Protibondhi Shomity were present with many others and gave their speech.

The girls who are young now are the future leader and guardian of future generation and if they can grow up with proper education and health facilities they will be properly empowered to be self dependent both mentally and financially. And all the speakers emphasized on the importance of ensuring education, health, social safety for the girls to achieve inclusive development and equitable society.

In the Human Chain the speakers posed the following demands for ensuring girls' participation to achieve an inspiring and bright future:

• Reformation, improvement and required enactment of existing laws and policies which discriminate women

• Ensure realistic enforcement of CEDAW Charter

• Necessary steps should be taken to create public awareness regarding proper nutrition for girls and it should be ensured

• Enabling environment for spreading women education should be ensured and necessary steps should be taken to stop drop out from schools

• Law should be establish in accordance with the declaration of High Court regarding eve teasing and proper enforcement of the law should be ensured

• Safe working environment for the women should be ensured

• Proper execution of Women Policy should be ensured to establish a society without discrimination