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12:00 AM, January 31, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:00 AM, January 31, 2019

'Our tour is for raising awareness for women's empowerment'

Before the start of their service or family life, four young girls are now visiting different districts of the country riding on scooties.

With an aim to raise awareness for women empowerment, break the taboo and search for history and heritages, they have already travelled to 49 districts of the country.

The four brave hearted girls are Dr Manashi Shaha and Dr Sakia Haque of Dhaka Medical College and Silvi Rahman and Shamsun Nahar of Dhaka University, who have almost completed their studies and are in line for jobs.

The four girls, all are members of 'Travelettes of Bangladesh', a female tourist organisation, reached Pabna on Tuesday and then Sirajganj yesterday.

Wishing to visit all the 64 district of the country, the four girls, riding on two scooties, started their journey from the capital on April 6, 2017.

“We started our journey in the final stage of our academic carrier in 2017 and already visited 49 districts in seven phases, between intervals in study, and we are hopeful to finish our tour within April this year, before starting our service or family life,” Dr Manashi told the Daily Star.

Dreaming to visit the countryside beauty, historical places and heritages of the country they formed 'Travelettes of Bangladesh' on November 27, 2016, she added.

“Through our journey we are raising awareness among the girl students across the country for women empowerment,” Manisha said.

As part of their journey, the four girls reached Provati Parishad Primary School in Pabna on Tuesday noon and talked with the students.

“We are trying to share our knowledge with the students as their monthly periods start in their adolescent stages and they don't even share it with their family members,” Dr Sakia said.

“We are trying to educate them about their adolescent age problem and inspiring them to break the taboo and make them eligible for the society,” she said.

In the current phase, the four girls started their tour on January 12 and visited 16 northern districts under Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions till yesterday.

“We believe that if we want to do something for the society we must go out of our home,” Silvi said, adding that during their journey in different districts they have faced many problems and solved those by themselves.

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