‘Peace Caravan’, an urban art and campaign-based programme, has been launched aiming to inspire and educate urban youths and professionals to adapt to a sustainable, inclusive and peaceful social living through means of art and digital presence.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid inaugurated ‘Peace Caravan’ on Monday.Youth-led social enterprise ‘Gen Lab’ has initiated the project with the supported of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh.
Diversity for peace (D4P), Partnerships for a Tolerant and Inclusive Bangladesh (PTIB) from UNDP is coordinating the campaign. The programme is also partnered with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, IPDC Finance Ltd, and The Pipeline Engineers and Associates Ltd.
Bangladesh Employees Welfare Board is providing necessary support for the programme.
Religious Harmony, Peaceful and Inclusive Societies; which are Sustainable Development Goals (SDG -16), Gender Equality (SDG 5), and a strong focus on the accessibility of transgender and disabled people to work and employability are the focal issues at the campaign.
To bring about these changes in society and spread the knowledge amongst the highest number of people of all ages, the particular campaign is designed to curate creative artworks through numbers of government and private owned bus, rickshaw and other transport media inside the Dhaka metropolitan area.
Along with an offline art-based campaign, an online debate tournament, quizzes contest, policy talk, and exclusive content-based campaign in social media have been included in ‘Peace Caravan’.On the occasion, KM Khalid said that this project is not only to empower women and youth but also to work for the Third Gender; a community of people that are ignored and even deprived of their fundamental rights.
Partnerships for a Tolerant and Inclusive Bangladesh (PTIB), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Project Manager Rob Stoelman, Joint General Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League Mahbubul Alam Hanif MP, Director-General (Secretary) of Bangladesh Employees Welfare Board Satya Brata Saha also joined the inaugural ceremony.