Girls' Takeover 2017 | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, October 13, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 13, 2017

Girls' Takeover 2017

A proverb goes, "Rome was not built in a day". In our patriarchal society, women do not get enough opportunities in job sectors. It has been like this since ancient times. It is high time we came out of such thinking.

Do you often see girls in the job sectors, especially in media? If not, then think now! I am talking about the platform, which gives a girl the inspiration to do something for the development of her family, community and finally, to win the crown of victory.

IDG (International Day of the Girl) is girls day. To celebrate the day, Plan International has decided to provide few girls with opportunities to take over other peoples' jobs. This 'takeover' represents the power and pride of a girl in job sector. This year, 17 girls of Bangladesh are taking over many respectable roles of UNO, Head of programme, UP at Barisal, Rangpur, Dinajpur, Dhaka and more.

For this purpose, Plan International Bangladesh has selected me for taking over the role of prominent journalist of The Daily Star and renowned musician, Ms. Elita Karim. Before meeting Ms. Elita Karim, I did not know much about editing. But now, I know the basic methods of editing. Because of this experience, the interest and confidence of working in this job sector have been created within me. This is the first 'takeover' of my life and the advent of a new dream.

Sayma Akter Dipty has completed her HSC from Feroza Bashar Ideal College, Dhaka. #GirlsTakeover is Plan International Bangladesh's call to action for a radical social and political change to tear down the barriers of discrimination and prejudice that continues to hold girls back. By occupying spaces and places where they are rarely seen or heard, girls and young women will demand action to find solutions to ensure all girls can learn, lead, decide and thrive. Plan International is coordinating over 600 takeovers planned in 60+ countries.

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