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3 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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‘Tathya Apas’ creating awareness on women rights, health issues

OUR CORRESPONDENT, Jhenidah
‘Tathya Apas’ creating awareness on women rights, health issues
Information service officer widely known as ‘Tathya Apa’ seen informing women about various issues at a courtyard meeting at Kaliganj Upazila of Jhenidah recently. Independent photo

Information technology is being made available in villages of Bangladesh like in many developed countries. People, especially women, are benefiting from courtyard meetings conducted by information service officers, widely known as “Tathya Apa”.

 It is creating awareness on access to information, maternal and child health and their rights, gender equality and other issues. It is also helping to establish the rights of the people staying in remote villages.

A number of women of the Trilochanpur village said they were not aware enough about the rights of a woman and children and their role in the family and society. Now, they are able to learn about the existing law of the country, especially for women and children.

They are also learning how to solve problems within the existing law. The women are also provided information about jobs in private and public institutions by the Tathya Apa.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) office sources said the Tathya Apa programme was being jointly implemented by the women affairs ministry and the Jataiya Mahila Sangstha for the grass-routes people in the second phase.

Information service assistant Papia Paul said they connect via video conferencing with experts for their opinion on primary health care, legal aid and other available government services, agriculture, e-learning, e-commerce etc., through the internet at the doorsteps of the rural women.

They also inform people about the results of different examinations and the release of job circulars. The Tathya Apa teams also check blood sugar, blood pressure and measure weight free of cost.

Prianka Chakroborty, upazila information service officer (UISO), locally known as Tathya Apa, at Kaliganj, said that the women empowerment activities, as directed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, were introduced in 2012 to provide information to under-privileged women of remote places.

She said courtyard meetings with the rural women were being conducted in a number of villages in Sundarpur-Durgapur, Jamal, Simla-Rokanpur, Niamatpur, Roygram, Maliat and Trilochanpur unions. Two of her colleagues assist her in ensuring the services in those remote areas.

UNO Subarna Rani Saha said that 50 per cent of the population was women who contribute equally in society and nation development activities. Here the empowerment of the community was essential.

 Moreover, the women in the remote villages were under-privileged and disadvantaged, she said.

To bring them into the mainstream development process, they should be given accurate information and capability development knowledge. The Tathya Apa programme has been helping to create awareness among women for their overall development and to help them gradually regain their honour and dignity both in the family and society, Saha said.

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