Recently, British Council arranged the Active Citizen Social Action Project Competition 2018. All 68 countries under British Council's Active Citizen Programme participated in this competition. Among those, only 5 countries' projects were selected for the final voting session.
The project, 'Safe Period' made it through with the highest votes, leaving behind the teams of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Albania and Pakistan.
The main objective of Safe Period is to raise awareness about menstrual health and hygiene and break the taboos surrounding menstruation across Bangladesh. As a reward for being the winner, Mehedi Hasan Robin, the team leader of the project, was invited to British Council's headquarters in London.
“Undoubtedly it was a huge opportunity for me to represent my project and country in the global arena,” said Mehedi. “At first, I couldn't even believe that it was happening to me! Things occurred so fast that I couldn't even understand actually what was happening. Everything seemed like a dream to me.” Mehedi believes that education and awareness about menstruation is a much-needed step towards the betterment of our nation.
In the three-day long programme held in London, 50 participants from 15 countries were in attendance. On third day, Mehedi presented his project. After the formal presentations, the projects were set up in a stall aside where the participants discussed elaborately about them. One representative from Ethiopia even wanted to implement the Safe Period. The event was a great opportunity for exchanging experiences for all the participants.