1. Signature Campaign to demand the release of the prominent feminists from Mainland (8th March 2015)
Initiated by The Association for the Advancement of Feminism (website: www.aaf.org.hk) (8th March 2015 ) Women and sexuality groups in Hong Kong express grave concern with the recent arrests by the Beijing authorities of five prominent female activists, including Li Tingting (李婷婷)(also known as Maizi麥子), Wei Tingting (韋婷婷), Wang Man (王曼) in Beijing, Wu Rongrong (武嶸嶸) in Hangzhou, and Zheng Churang (鄭楚然) (also known as Datu) in Guangzhou, but apparently with no solid legal ground. We urge the Beijing police to respect the freedom of speech as prescribed in the PRC Constitution, and ensure that the women’s legal procedural rights including rights to meet with lawyers and families, and rights to personal safety are strictly observed. We urge for their immediate release in so far as no sufficient evidence can be found to accuse them of any illegal act.
In this light, we call for the Chinese government to look into the issues of social concerns genuinely, and resolve them with tenability by enhancing the standard of the laws and their implementation, instead of just maneuvering to quell the voice of the whistle blowers. We, the signatories, would like to reiterate hereby our grave concerns of this recent series of arrests, and we will continue to monitor the situation unless the cases are handled with justice and activists are released. Participatory Human Rights Advancement Society express grave concern in this issue.
Link of Submitted Signature:
2. May 28 International Day of Action for Women's Health Campaign!
Our Health, Our Rights, Our Lives!
Participatory Human Rights Advancement Society has endorsed the Call for Action! & JOIN THE CAMPAIGN ON 23 MAY 2015
May 28, International Day of Action for Women’s Health
Our Health, Our Rights, Our Lives!
End Violence Against Women in ALL its Forms
On May 28 International Day of Action for Women’s Health, women’s rights activists and allies advocate worldwide for women ’s comprehensive health and well-being, particularly their unmet sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). This May 28, we call on governments worldwide to respect, protect, and fulfill women’s right to health, dignity and bodily integrity, and end violence against women in ALL its forms. Governments around the world are currently in the final stages of establishing the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which will include a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will guide international development policies, priorities, and funding over the next 15 years. Throughout this and other recent global review processes, violence against women has rightly received due attention from governments and UN institutions alike as “one of the most prevalent forms of human rights violations worldwide,” constraining women’s empowerment and impeding sustainable development. Yet one form of violence, particularly experienced by women and girls if they are young, unmarried, poor, HIV affected, of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities, living with a disability, or in other vulnerable situations, remains rampant and unaddressed: namely, the institutional violence they experience when they are denied their right to health and are unable to access sexual and reproductive health services. “Institutional violence,” or violence perpetrated by the State, has traditionally been understood as largely occurring within extreme circumstances of conflicts, disasters, and economic crises. As defined by the 1993 UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, however, violence against women includes “physical, sexual and psychological violence perpetrated or condoned by the State or its agents regardless of where it occurs.” With this definition in mind, examples of violence and discrimination resulting from the violation of women’s right to sexual and reproductive health are far too common and widespread, such as:
• The denial of the right to access safe and legal abortion services.
• Forced or coerced sterilization.
• Obstetric violence.
• The denial of access to contraceptives including emergency contraception.
This May 28, we must remind governments worldwide that #WomensHealthMatters, hold leaders accountable, and ensure that commitments related to sexual and reproductive health and rights are retained if not strengthened in future development efforts. In solidarity with all other signatory, Participatory Human Rights Advancement endorsed the Call for Action to UN Delegates who over the course of Post-2015 processes have shown support for women and girls’ SRHR.
3. Joint Statement: Call for an international legally binding instrument on human rights, transnational corporations and other business enterprises
This statement has been endorsed by a wide alliance of international networks, organizations and social movements, listed below. It represents the collective expression of a growing mobilization of global civil society calling for further enhancement of international legal standards to address corporate infringements of human rights. It welcomes the recent initiatives by States in the United Nations Human Rights Council to develop an international treaty on legally binding rules for TNCs on human rights issues.
We, the undersigned organisations, Concerned about the continuing abuses and violations of human rights occurring all over the world which directly or indirectly engage the responsibility of business enterprises;
Concerned also that such abusive conduct often disproportionately impacts women, who comprise the majority of workers in the most vulnerable sectors, peasants, indigenous peoples, persons living in poverty, children among others, and especially concerned by the fact that justice is denied to those who suffer harm,
Considering the invaluable work done by human rights defenders and organisations, trade unions, indigenous rights and women rights defenders and others defending and protecting human rights in the face of corporate-related abuses,
Concerned at the incidence of attacks, harassment, restrictions, intimidation and reprisals against these human rights defenders,
Considering the initiatives taken by some States within and outside the United Nations human rights bodies as well as the action and work undertaken by human rights experts and bodies of the United Nations to provide better protection of human rights in the context of business operations,
Recalling existing States’ obligations under global and regional human rights treaties and the need to implement and complement those treaties to make them effective in the context of business transnational operations,
Convinced of the need to enhance the international legal framework, including international remedies, applicable to State action to protect rights in the context of business operations, and mindful of the urgent need to ensure access to justice and remedy and reparations for victims of corporate human rights abuse,
1. Call upon the States to elaborate an international treaty that:
a) Affirms the applicability of human rights obligations to the operations of transnational corporations and other business enterprises;
b) Requires States Parties to monitor and regulate the operations of business enterprises under their jurisdiction, including when acting outside their national territory, with a view to prevent the occurrence of abuses of human rights in the course of those operations,
c) Requires States Parties to provide for legal liability for business enterprises for acts or omissions that infringe human rights;
d) Requires States Parties to provide for access to an effective remedy by any State concerned, including access to justice for foreign victims that suffered harm from acts or omissions of a business enterprise in situations where there are bases for the States involved to exercise their territorial or extraterritorial protect-obligations.
e) Provides for an international monitoring and accountability mechanism.
f) Provides for protection of victims, whistle-blowers and human rights defenders that seek to prevent, expose or ensure accountability in cases of corporate abuse and guarantees their right to access to information relevant in this context
2. Call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to take step towards the elaboration of this treaty, and to that end establish an open ended working group tasked with a drafting mandate.
3. Call on civil society organisations to take measures towards the establishment of a joint initiative to achieve the objective of a legally binding instrument within the United Nations without delay.
This statement was originaly drafted by participants in the first annual Peoples' Forum on Human Rights and Business. The Forum was convened jointly by ESCR-Net and Forum-Asia from 5 to 7 November in Bangkok, Thailand.
Participatory Human Rights Advancement Society has signed & joined the movement of hundreds of groups around the world calling for a binding international treaty to address corporate human rights abuses.
Link of the Signed Statement: http://www.treatymovement.com/statement
4. CEDAW Committee: Adopt a General Recommendation on Indigenous Women
The purpose of this petition is to request your support in order to step forward together in affirming and exercising our specific rights as indigenous women around the world. We know that indigenous women in all parts of the world face conditions and situations that intensify the violence that we experience as women and that our demands as indigenous women relative to our specific rights are often invisibilized. The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is the first and most important instrument of the United Nations that holds states responsible for acts of violence against women, whether perpetrated by the State or by private persons. However, we as indigenous women feel that the CEDAW Convention does not specifically address the type of racism and discrimination we experience, nor does it take into account the relationship between our collective rights as indigenous communities and our rights as women. Faced with this situation, a group of organizations joined forces to develop a document that reflects our concerns and claims regarding our individual and collective rights as indigenous women, and we will submit this document, with your support, to the CEDAW Committee, calling upon them to issue a specific General Recommendation on Indigenous Women, based on the proposals contained in this document. We need your support to show the CEDAW Committee that this is important for indigenous women to exercise and enjoy our human rights. In solidarity, Indigenous Women’s Alliance for CEDAW This initiative was undertaken in collaboration between: Tzununijá Indigenous Women’s Movement, Tik Na’oj, Maya Association Uk’ ux B’e, Sinergia No´j, Community Studies and Psychosocial Action Team (ECAP), JASS (Just Associates) and the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute (WHRI). In order to step forward together in affirming and exercising our specific rights as indigenous women around the world Participatory Human Rights Advancement Society has signed the petition.
Link of the petition:
5. International Campaign for the Absolute Prohibition of Torture and Ill-treatment
The absolute prohibition of torture is under attack, and public opinion is putting up with it. This deviation from the international norm is a negation of the dignity of the human person. Nobel Peace Prize laureates Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, Rigoberta Menchú, José Ramos-Horta, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Joseph Stiglitz, Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter have signed the OMCT Manifesto, "Nothing can justify torture under any circumstances". Kofi Annan and Sandrine Salerno, Mayor of Geneva, formally signed the Manifesto on 23 June 2010 to mark the launching of an international campaign to alert everyone to the dangers which a society that tolerates torture risks. Participatory Human Rights Advancement Society has signed the petition.
Link of the signed petition:
6. Young student imprisoned for peaceful protests in Myanmar
Phyoe Phyoe Aung is a young activist and Secretary General of one of Myanmar’s student unions. On 10 March 2015, she, along with other students were arrested by police for their peaceful demonstrations. The students were protesting against a new education law, which they believe limits freedom of education. This is not right. Tell the Government that student activism is not a crime. Phyoe Phyoe Aung was charged with a range of offences including taking part in an unlawful assembly and inciting the public to commit offences against the State. She remains in detention and it’s uncertain when the court will actually sentence her. Demand the Government release Phyoe Phyoe Aung from all charges immediately and unconditionally. The authorities are cracking down on student activists that challenge their policies. This is a blatant attack on freedom of expression and it needs to be stopped. While in prison, Phyoe Phyoe Aung’s health has deteriorated due to the unclean water and poor sanitation. We have a window of opportunity to help Phyoe Phyoe Aung and the other detained peaceful student protesters. In the lead up to the nation’s next general elections, the Government is attempting to show the world that it has finally left it’s brutal past behind and is now committed to respecting human rights. Remind the Government that the world is watching and we demand the freedom of Phyoe Phyoe Aung’s freedom, her fellow students and all prisoners of conscience in Myanmar. In solidarity with Amnesty International, Australia, Participatory Human Rights Advancement Society signed the petition to demand the release of prisoners of conscience in Myanmar.
7. Call for Action on International Day of Action for Women’s Health:
Mobilize, Assert, Demand!
Women’s rights activists around the world in the re-launch of May 28th International Day of Action for Women’s Health, by calling on governments and the international community to ensure a holistic, inclusive, and human rights-based approach to women and girls’ health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
In 1987, women’s rights activists declared May 28 as the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, as a means to speak out on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) issues faced by women1 and girls all over the world.
Nearly 30 years on, while the challenges obstructing the full realization of all women’s health and wellbeing remain varied and often unaddressed, a disturbing paradigm has persisted: namely, an often limited, narrow and imposed understanding of women’s health, as well as the actual needs of all women and girls in all their diversities.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),2 a set of eight development goals that UN member states and development institutions committed to in 2000, perpetuated this limited understanding by focusing almost exclusively on maternal health, itself defined narrowly by survival numbers and the presence of skilled birth attendants, as opposed to a comprehensive definition which includes women and girls’ autonomy, privacy and dignity rights. By narrowly focusing on maternal health, the MDGs effectively omitted and ignored the commitments governments made at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which placed gender equality, women’s empowerment, and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights at the heart of sustainable development.3
There is a lack of meaningful commitment on the part of governments to address the diverse nature of women’s sexual and reproductive health issues, as well as promote, protect, and respect our sexual rights and reproductive rights to decide freely upon all aspects of our body, our sexuality and our lives, free form coercion, discrimination and violence.
We need to hold governments accountable to their existing commitments, ensuring that national policies effectively guarantee and support women’s choices and rights. These obligations are not just about governments reaffirming past commitments and repeating words; they are about implementation and taking action towards progressive realization. They are also about addressing existing realities in order to fulfill the rights of women and girls that for too long have been disregarded and even explicitly denied.
As such, it is vital that existing commitments on women and girls’ SRHR not only be included but also strengthened in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.The new development agenda MUST firmly establish a holistic, inclusive, and human rights-based approach to women’s health.
Governments around the world are currently involved in the process of evaluating achievements under the present global development agenda expressed in the MDGs. We cannot talk of sustainable development without the respect of human rights of women and girls in all their diversities, and without the meaningful participation of women and girls in the creation of the Post-2015 development framework.
If one hopes to have a holistic, inclusive, forward-looking, and relevant Post-2015 Development Agenda, we believe women’s health for all, particularly in terms of their SRHR, must be central to the goals and targets, and draw on existing international and regional human rights treaties such as CEDAW,5 Belem do Pará Convention6 and Maputo Protocol,7 and the most progressive international and regional documents and consensus such as the Bali Global Youth Forum Declaration,8 Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development9 and the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development.10
Human rights must be explicitly referenced, with the understanding that “the promotion and protection of sexual rights and reproductive rights are essential for the achievement of social justice and the national, regional and global commitments to the three pillars of sustainable development: social, economic and environmental,”11 and that any meaningful efforts towards transformative and sustainable development must posit people as the drivers of development rather than passive receivers of aid priorities and programming.
As recently asserted by CEDAW, the “failure of a State to provide services and the criminalization of some services that only women require is a violation of women’s reproductive rights and constitutes discrimination against them.”12 Not only is women and girls’ SRHR a human rights issue in and of itself, it is central to their empowerment and achievement of other rights.
When states fail to recognize full sexual rights and reproductive rights, they not only compromise women’s health, they both tolerate and endorse institutional and structural violence towards women and girls, abusing their human rights and perpetuating their marginalization and social exclusion. Any Post-2015 Development Agenda will fail to be transformative if women and girls’ sexual rights and reproductive rights are not meaningfully included as an integral component for equitable and sustainable development. Governments are capable of more, and women and girls in all of their diversities deserve more.We call on governments to ensure a comprehensive, high-quality, and integrated approach to SRHR, including but not limited to:
- The recognition of the SRHR of young people, ensuring access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health information and services, as well as comprehensive sexuality education that is gender sensitive, non-discriminatory and life-skills based, in a manner consistent with the evolving capacity of adolescents and young people;
- The recognition of the sexual rights (including the right to pleasure) of all people, including those who are most marginalized;
- Universal access to a full range of voluntary contraceptive methods, including emergency contraception, that is of high quality and variety, is also user-friendly and appropriate to the needs of girls, adolescents and women, and ensures their confidentiality;
- Universal access to safe and legal abortion, urging governments to review and repeal laws that criminalize voluntary abortion, and remove all legal and implementation barriers to ensuring access to safe, comprehensive, free, sensitive and high-quality procedures for pregnancy termination, free of marital and/or parental consent requirements;
- The recognition of and respect for women’s reproductive rights regarding access, bodily integrity, autonomy, and decision-making in various contexts, including surrogacy, New Reproductive Technologies, and Human Rights in Childbirth, among others;
- The eradication of all forms of violence and discrimination based on age, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, occupation, class, ethnicity, religion, disability, migrant or HIV status, among other grounds.
In solidarity with May 28th International Day of Action for Women’s Health, Participatory Human Rights Advancement Society has joined and Endorsing the Call to Action as of May 28, 2014 with global community.
For list of participating organizations/individuals please click the link http://www.may28.org/call-for-action/
8. Call for urgent political leadership and concerted international action to PREVENT, PROTECT and PROSECUTE to stop rape in conflict
The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict unites organizations and individuals into a powerful and coordinated effort for change. Together we will demand bold political leadership to prevent rape in conflict, to protect civilians and rape survivors, and call for justice for all—including effective prosecution of those responsible.
Participatory Human Rights Advancement Society has pledge to call for urgent political leadership and concerted international action to PREVENT, PROTECT and PROSECUTE to stop rape in conflict.
For more information please visit http://www.stoprapeinconflict.org/
9. For a Life Free from Violence Against Women and Girls!
For a Life Free from Violence Against Women and Girls!
Call For Participation: International Women’s Day March On March 8, 2013
During the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57), taking place at the United Nations in New York from March 4-15, 2013, Member State representatives will discuss the advances they have made in the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls...Participatory Human Rights Advancement Society, Dhaka, Bangladesh has joined the event as co-sponsor and endorsed the call “For a Life Free from Violence Against Women and Girls!”. To see a chart of all participating organizations and activities please click here.
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
International Women’s Day March on March 8, 2013
For a Life Free from Violence Against Women and Girls!
During the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57), taking place at the United Nations in New York from March 4-15, 2013, Member State representatives will discuss the advances they have made in the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. In response to this discussion AWID, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, United Methodist Women and the Women & Global Migration Working Group are calling on women’s organizations around the world to hold rallies, marches and vigils on International Women’s Day, Friday March 8, 2013, to advocate that States respond, protect, and prevent violence against women and girls in all their diversity!
This march calls on States to take concrete steps to end impunity, one of the biggest challenges to achieving justice in cases of violence against women; fund programs and services for gender equality and the realization of human rights; decrease military spending, one of the driving forces of violence against women; and protect women human rights defenders, who are at the forefront of defending women’s rights and who face increased levels of gender-based violence globally.
1. Take Concrete Steps to End Impunity! Today, millions of women and girls still suffer disproportionately from violence both in peace and in war, at the hands of the State; non-state actors, including transnational corporations; and in the home and community. Around the world women in all their diversity are beaten, raped, mutilated, and killed with impunity.[i] State policy must explicitly address the realities of women and girls who experience multiple oppressions due to race, ethnicity, language, religion, class, sexual orientation, marital status, age or national origin, including rural women, immigrant women, indigenous women, if ALL women are to be able to fully claim rights. States have the obligation to prevent, protect against, and prosecute violence against women whether perpetrated by private or public actors. [ii] States also have a responsibility to uphold standards of due diligence and take steps to fulfill their responsibility to protect individuals from human rights abuses. [iii] But there is a lack of State accountability when it comes to government’s role in perpetrating violence against women, the role of transnational corporations that work in tandem with States to usurp natural resources and displace entire communities violently, and in protecting women and girls from violence in the home and community. Within militarism’s culture of violence, individuals in positions of authority believe they can commit crimes with impunity, which is exemplified by high rates of sexual violence within the military, threats by police to women reporting cases of violence, ongoing harassment and intimidation, forced “virginity tests” on female protestors by authorities, and violence against women living and working around military bases. [iv] Women human rights defenders who work on issues related to economic, social, and cultural rights as well as civil and political rights are also targeted. [v] This State failure to bring perpetrators of sexual and gender-based violence to justice remains a critical challenge to ending violence against women. Across the globe more needs to be done to prevent violence against women and to prosecute those who perpetrate violence against women.[vi]
2. Fund Gender Equality and Human Rights Instead of Militarism! Military expenditure, the arms trade and conflict often exacerbate violence against women as well as decrease financial resources for social and economic rights and the promotion of gender equality. States have an obligation to respect, protect and fulfill economic and social rights. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) specifies in Article 2.1 that, “Each State Party…undertakes to take steps, individually and through international assistance and co-operation, especially economic and technical, to the maximum of its available resources, with a view to achieving progressively the full realization of the rights recognized in the present Covenant by all appropriate means, including particularly the adoption of legislative measures.” Rather than allocating high levels of expenditure toward the military, States should increase financial resources to advance economic and social rights and women’s rights to build a culture of human rights instead of a culture of militarism.
3. Protect Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs)! The world over, against all odds, Women Human Rights Defenders work tirelessly for the protection and promotion of human rights.[vii]Yet, violence against these advocates is increasing around the world.[viii] As human rights defenders, Women’s Human Rights Defenders face the same types of risks faced by all defenders who work to uphold the rights of people, communities and the environment; as women, they are also exposed to gender-specific risks and are targets of gender-based violence, such as sexual abuse, harassment, violations from husbands/partners and male colleagues, and violations by the State. [ix] They also face heightened risks and vulnerabilities because of their work on women-specific rights/issues that frequently challenge cultural stereotypes and religion. Their work can raise levels of hostility, more so because women are considered markers of culture and religion.[x]
To see a chart of all participating organizations and activities please click here.
10. Campaign Against Drug
Participatory Human Rights Advancement Society always try to aware general people specially young people about the harmful side about drugs and PHRAS always works for a drug* free society & deliver the message “Say No To Drugs!! to the general people specially young people and students. We arrange regular Campaigns/Youth Group Meetings with students and the young people of the society to make them aware against drugs and the harmful side about it.
We always advise people:
Living a drug-free life.
Showing friends that a drug-free life is more fun.
Learning more about how drugs really harm people.
Telling people the truth about the harmful effects of drugs.
Helping family and friends be drug-free.
Working with others to help spread the truth about drugs.
Together we create a drug-free World!!
Campaign Against Drugs The 12 February, 2013
11. International Walk for Human Rights
December 10th, Monday, 2012 is our International Human Rights Day. We work for creating a culture of respect for the Human Rights of All. Whatever be our beliefs, religion, political views, gender or race by agreeing on the concept of respect for the rights of others, we generate a code of acceptable conduct across society. This culture of unity is essential to gain a peaceful, creative and enjoyable future. Participatory Human Rights Advancement Society (PHRAS) conducted a Peace Walk in Dhaka, Bangladesh. On the occasion of the 64th Anniversary of United Nations Human Rights Day to raise awareness of Human Rights. Working together, each individual playing their part we can bring major change to our communities. We wish to make the coming year the year of improvement in Human Rights.
Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) commemorates United Nations Human Rights Day, December 10, with its fourth annual “International Walk for Human Rights.” In solidarity with Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI), Participatory Human Rights Advancement Society (PHRAS),Dhaka,Bangladesh has organized “International Walk for Human Rights” In front of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka, Bangladesh the 7th December 2012 a peaceful walk and mass gathering and human chain for raising awareness on the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Students, volunteers, citizens and likeminded organization WE for ALL shows their solidarity and participating in this peaceful walk to raise awareness of Human Rights Education. We all are enjoyed the walk and our volunteers had funs during walking. T-shirt and certificate of participation distributed within participant of the walk. After walk snacks and soft drinks distributed within all participants .
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) grew from the determination of human rights advocates to prevent the devastating human rights abuse that occurred during World War II from ever happening again. On December 10, 1948, Eleanor Roosevelt presented the UDHR to the General Assembly of the United Nations. The document is a compilation of the 30 human rights that apply to everyone, everywhere. In ratifying the Declaration, the General Assembly of the United Nations called upon the member nations "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."
Despite this mandate, more than six decades after the Declaration was adopted, most countries do not require human rights education in their schools, resulting in widespread ignorance of this document and its content.
International Walk For Human Rights, 7th December 2012
12. Climate Impacts Day: Wake up World
Participatory Humans Rights Advancement Society organizes event, as part of the global climate awareness campaign ‘Connect the Dots’. Major US-based environmental advocacy group 350.org has organized a global day of action on May 5, 2012, to draw the world’s attention to the various adverse effects of climate change occurring simultaneously in many communities around the world. As part of the worldwide campaign, Participatory Human Rights Advancement Society has organized an event “Climate Impacts Day: Wake up World” on the day.
Connect the Dots is a project of 350.org and allies to clearly draw the connection between extreme weather and climate change. It aims to highlight the many bizarre patterns of extreme weather conditions around the world in recent years, including hurricanes in the United States, floods in Pakistan and Thailand, record-breaking heat waves in Russia, flooding and wildfires in Australia, among many other examples. Bangladesh is at the top of the list of countries most at risk due to climate change. Our country experiences adverse weather patterns every year as extreme summers cause loss of crops, heightened flood patterns cause massive destruction to lives and livelihood and already noticeable rise in sea levels is causing of coastal agricultural lands to become saline and thus unfit for cultivation. Additionally, we are also observing a slow process of losing the six seasons in Bangladesh as seasons are merging into extreme summers, monsoons and winter. We fear that we will no longer be ‘Choi ritur desh’. Connect the Dots campaign will demonstrate that ‘climate change is not a future problem — it’s happening right now.’
Farhan Ahmed, a climate activist and volunteer organizer of the event said ‘Climate change, as a result of excessive carbon emissions in the developed world, threatens Bangladesh, which is the innocent bystanders in this phenomenon. Bangladesh has a rightful voice in the climate debate, and joining this worldwide campaign will promote our voice on the global stage.’
Climate Impacts Day on 5 May, 2012 will bring together thousands of communities to take action to highlight the dramatic climate change impacts we are witnessing around the world. The event by Participatory Human Rights Advancement Society attended by members of the society, invited guests from various environmental organizations, university students and is open to all to join. The ultimate aim of the event is to stand in solidarity with the global movement, which is extremely pertinent to our national agenda, and draw the world’s attention to climate change and its adverse effects in Bangladesh, which is predicted to lose a third of its land-mass by the end of the century if sea level continue to rise as a result of melting ice caps.
Campaign "Climate Impacts Day" 5th May 2012
13. Campaign with Physically Challenged People:
Equal Access for All Barriers Should Fall
Promoting public awareness that disabled people can function independently within society is seen by many as a necessary precursor to widespread changes in accessibility, housing, and social and economic opportunities for physically disabled people. The goal of the present investigation was to empirically assess the effectiveness of a major Bangladeshi publicity campaign which was designed to sensitize people to the needs and concerns of physically disabled people and to promote favorable attitude change. Results indicate that while the visibility of the publicity campaign can be considered a modest success, the campaign was ineffective in promoting positive attitude change. The campaign was organized by B-SCAN, Bangladesh in solidarity with B-SCAN CRP, Water Aid, Rotary International & Participatory Human Rights Advancement Society & other like minded organizations joined the campaign and introducing wheel chair rally by physically challenged people which was first time in Bangladesh.
Campaign with Physically Challenged People The 2nd April 2012
14. Celebrating International Women's Day (8 March) 2012
Theme: CONNECTING GIRLS, INSPIRING FUTURES is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday. Why: Suffragettes campaigned for women's right to vote. The word 'Suffragette' is derived from the word "suffrage" meaning the right to vote. International Women's Day honours the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women's success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed. The first International Women's Day event was run in 1911. In solidarity with the global day Participatory Human Rights Advancement Society going to organizing an event "Empowering Women "for details of this event please click the link; http://www.internationalwomensday.com/phrasbd
Awareness Raising Group Meeting
15. Moving Planet Campaign
Safeguard the environment at global, national and local levels. We can still choose how we use our environment. When we use resources wisely, we honor the trust the next generation has placed in us. Environmental threats like global warming and the water crisis take their greatest toll on children. Water-borne diseases cause the preventable deaths and illnesses of millions of children. Environmental threats will continue to take their toll, for the mistakes of today will continue to haunt the world tomorrow.
We must act today. The world belongs to our children; we are its caretakers. We must preserve our natural resources even as we use them, to ensure our children’s rights to a healthy environment.
Moving Planet is a worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis—a single day to move away from fossil fuels. For too long, our leaders have denied and delayed, compromised and caved. That era must come to an end. The campaigning wants to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis - to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet. On the 24th of September 2011 everyone is invited to participate in one of the many events taking place worldwide 350.org takes a lead in the campaign. 350.org is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis - the solutions that science ...
Moving Planet is a worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis—a single day to move away from fossil fuels. For too long, our leaders have denied and delayed, compromised and caved. That era must come to an end.
The campaign wants to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis - to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet. On the 24th of September 2011 Participatory Human Rights Advancement Society with hundreds of organizations joins the Moving Planet central event of Bangladesh in solidarity with the 350.org to participate in one of the many events taking place worldwide.
350.org takes a lead in the campaign. 350.org is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis - the solutions that science and justice demand.
The theory of change is simple: if an international grassroots movement holds our leaders accountable to the latest climate science, we can start the global transformation we so desperately need.
Moving Planet Campaign Dhaka Central Event the 24th September 2011
16. PHRAS Scholarship Program
Time to time PHRAS has taken nessary education assistance as scholarship for meritorious brilliant boys or girls of the poor needy family.We give this scholarship for those boys or girls who have not able to attend SSC (Secondary School Certificate) exam for financial crisis of their family.
Sapna gets Scholarship from PHRAS for attending her SSC examination.
17. Distributing Winter Cloths
Participatory Human Rights Advancement Society regularly organized the Winter Cloths Distribution program. Our organization has collect cloths from its own network & effort and distributed the cloths within the poor people of the community.
Distributing Winter Cloths and Foods
18. Petition Drive
The first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”. The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reminds us of our collective responsibility for promoting and protecting this ideal. The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in solidarity with this day, we the Participatory Human Rights Advancement Society organized the event "Petition Drive" in collaboration with YHRI with our supporters and volunteers for implement human rights education into the school curriculum so that our youth learn their human rights. When young people know what their human rights are, they become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace.
Human Rights Education Materials of Youth for Human Rights International, USA.
19. Campaign: "We Demand Safe Road"
"We Demand Safe Road" a regular Social Media Campaign with Participatory Human Rights Advancement Society’s online platform by using Facebook, Twitter, Blog & our organization’s website for creating awareness to general people.
20. Community Road Repairing, Maintenance & Weed Control
This Program gives Participatory Human Rights Advancement Society’s volunteer groups the opportunity to help the community to keep beautiful by volunteering their labour to pick up litter from community walkways along with road sides. During rainy season PHRAS with its full volunteering effort willingly jumps into the “Community Road Repairing, Maintenance & Weed Control”. A volunteer group must commit to looking after the entire length of road or walk ways. Primarily, PHRAS adopt a community road in front of the organization within its own vicinity and joint possession.
Repairing Community Road
Repairing Community Walkways
21. Community Survey
PHRAS like many other development NGOs, has been conducting surveys over the years. The nature of surveys has varied. Some were undertaken to satisfy project reporting; others looked at impact out of a concern that PHRAS shared; yet others were done for our own learning.
22. Community Children Campaign
Working together, kids learn to solve problems and make decisions and successfully contribute to their community. They connect local concerns with global issues and gain an awareness of others. All this will serve them now and years later as they transition out of school and into the adult world!!
Campaign With Community Children