While there are concerns that Facebook and Twitter are being used to spread hatred and racial tension, examples like #MeToo movement raise hope of women getting a platform to speak up against harassment and gender violence, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) held the discussion at its Segun Bagicha office on “Women's movement and social media”, marking its 49th founding anniversary. Speakers at the event elaborated on how and why BMP should ensure its presence in the social media to connect to its members and other women across the country and beyond.
Speakers discussed about starting blogs, YouTube channels and websites where BMP will upload content to build awareness and encourage women from every corner to join the movement.
Sima Moslem, joint general secretary of the organisation, said it is time now to understand and use technology to bring changes in society.
Many apps have been designed by the government and private sector to facilitate women's empowerment, and as a rights organisation BMP should learn about them first to do advocacy.
“Women's rights are human rights,” a slogan that women activists are echoing now, was first said by Sufia Kamal -- founder of BMP -- decades ago. Information technology is the strength to overcome all barriers in today's world, said Ayesha Khanam, president of Mahila Parishad.