A two-day-long group photography exhibition and panel discussion titled “Swedish Dads and Bangladeshi Babas”, organized by the Embassy of Sweden in Bangladesh in association with the UN Women Bangladesh, was inaugurated by Charlotta Schlyter, Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden in Bangladesh, with Shoko Ishikawa, Country Representative, UN Women Bangladesh; Anders Öhrström, Counsellor and Head of Development, Embassy of Sweden in Bangladesh; Naveed Mahbub, standup comedian and Zaheen Islam, Category Head of Hair Care at Unilever Bangladesh, in attendance on March 9 at Zainul Art Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka.
The exhibition showcased 25 photos of Swedish photographer Johan Bävman along with photos of Bangladeshi dads (22 photos) in care-giving roles. The Bangladeshi photos were selected from a process that involved a call for photos from all over Bangladesh.
“This exhibition shows the universally valid, loving aspect of parenthood, regardless of whether you’re a mother or father. I hope to inspire more men to begin reflecting on their roles as fathers and partners, which is an important step towards a more gender-balanced society. It’s good to see these stories going out into the world, where the Swedish perspective on gender equality is by no means self-evident,” said Charlotta Schlyter, Swedish Ambassador in Bangladesh.
“UN Women believes that engaging men in the discussion on gender equality and having dialogues with them to break gender stereotypes and turning them into advocates of change are the best way forward,” said Shoko Ishikawa about the exhibition.