The Institute of Hazrat Mohammad (SAW) organized a seminar entitled ‘Visibly Hidden Population of Women and Children in Squatters – the Case for Multi-Sector Intervention’. Dr. Kamaluddin Ahmed, Joint Secretary (Political), Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh graced the event as the Chief Guest. Dr. Salil Panakadan, UNAIDS Country Coordinator, and Ms. Margarita Clark, Deputy Country Director, Save the Children – USA (BD Country Office) were the special guest discussants at the seminar. Barrister Rizwana Yusuf, Director Admin and Member Legal Affairs of the Institute, presented the keynote paper entitled ‘Policy Thrusts Needed to Address the Vulnerability and Marginalization of the Internally Dislocated Women and Children in Distressed Urban Settings’. The other paper presentations were by Dr. Munir Ahmed, Social Mobilization & Partnership Advisor UNAIDS on ‘Vulnerability of Women and Children in Urban Squatters to Violence and HIV/AIDS’; Mr. Ashekur Rahman, Program Analyst Urban Local Poverty Cluster UNDP, on ‘Extreme Urban Poverty in Slums’; Mr. Mohammed Shafiqul Islam, Social Policy Specialist Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Section UNICEF, on ‘Child Poverty and Disparities in Bangladesh’; Professor A. Q. M. Mahbub, Dept. of Geography and Environment, University of Dhaka on Housing For The Urban Poor: Policy Failure or Denied Justice, Mr. Syed Tamjidur Rahman, CEO, ChangeMaker on Social and Economic Challenges and a Public Private Partnership Approach to Address Them and Ms. Tanim Laila, Director Economic Division, Institute of Hazrat Mohammad SAW spoke on ‘Exploring Zakat for improving lives of Internally Dislocated Women and Children’. The special guests and distinguished participants were engaged in a lively discussion towards generating a universal conceptualization of public-private partnership, exploring avenues for effectively utilizing Zakat as a means of reducing income disparity and generating socio-economic emancipation and the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders especially the leadership of the government. The vote of thanks was delivered by Lt. General (Retd.) M. Nooruddin Khan, Honorable President of the Institute. And the presentation and discussions were moderated by Ms. Habiba Tasneem Chowdhury, Chief Coordinator of the Institute.
Venue:Lake Shore Hotel, Dhaka