11th-grader takes over as div commissioner for 1hr
Raimu Zaman, an 11th-grader of Barguna Government College, symbolically performed Barishal divisional commissioner's duties for an hour on Tuesday, and made recommendations to make the six districts of Barishal women-friendly and prevent violence against women.
Marking International Day of the Girl Child, the event was organised by Plan International, a non-government organisation working for women's empowerment. At the time, a roundtable was also held.
At the discussion, speakers highlighted the need to stop violence against women and prevent child marriage, where Raimu spoke about her dream.
In the afternoon, she took over the role from Barishal Divisional Commissioner Amitabh Sarkar at his office. Raimu was chosen for her exceptional oration skills and cultural activism.
During that time, she recited, "I am that girl. I am that woman. I can do everything with help, with a little encouragement; I can open new horizons." She also put forward recommendations to build a women-friendly Barishal.
Nasreen Nahar, an official of Plan International, said that the event has been highlighted as a symbol of women's empowerment for the special day.
Amitabh announced that the commission will turn the teenager's dream into reality. He said women are being deprived in many ways, even though they are at the state's most important positions. "Not for an hour like this, today's girls will play a leading role in running the country in the future. But first, the family and society have to take responsibility - by creating a beautiful environment."