Purpose of Narijibon Blog

Nari Jibon Project seeks to increase our students’ and staffs’ abilities through different ways: classes, practice, computers, internet, and now the Narijibon Blog. Readers and writers (our students & staff) of the Blog will both learn about our lives, culture, Nature, activities of people in Bangladesh and the Nari Jibon Project.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Some Pictures of my Village

By Mohtarimun Nahar [Bipa]

My village name is Digrirchor. It is in the Dewangonj Thana in the Jamalpur district. Our village is near the Bangladesh-India Border. The scenery of my village is very beautiful. Whenever I go to my village I try to take some pictures on sceneries. Now I am sharing some pictures of my village.

Our Yard

Our pond

One of my cousins, name: Rashed

Some Villagers. They work on our land

Our land

Our land

Our land



Study tour

By Irin Sultana

I went to visit Chittagong as a study tour from my college in 2007. Our college had arranged a study tour for our good experience. We stayed in Chittagong for 7 days. We started our journey to Chittagong on 14th march at 11:30 pm at night. It was a bus journey. We were 75 students.

I am at Cox’s Bazaar

All of our students were making a lot of fun. We have a group with 5 friends. We sat together. All night we were so excited that we couldn’t sleep and had fun. After that we reached at Chittagong on next day at 5:30a.m. A hotel was booked for our 75 students of Finance Department. We stayed in that hotel. After having breakfast at 10:00am we went to EPZ which is the industrial area of Chittagong. This is the main part of our study tour.

I am with my friends

On the next day we went to the sea port of Chittagong. Almost 3 days we had traveled to the mini Bangladesh, as like: Anwara Beach, Zia Jadughar and many other places.

On the fourth day, we went to Cox’s Bazaar. A hotel was booked for us there. It was a beautiful place. We went to the sea beach of Cox’s Bazaar. Next day morning we went to the beach for taking bath. That was a great fun for us. How nice the sea beach is!

I am with my friends

We also enjoy the sun set of the sea beach. That was a marvelous sight. Suddenly one of my friends’ Afrin got too much sick at that time our whole team were afraid. She was having a problem of gastric. She got sick for the outside food and heavy journey. Our all friends and teacher tried to take care for her. After few hours she felt well and all of us got very happy.

In this study tour we have traveled in many places of Cox’s Bazaar. We also did shopping in the Barmiz Market. I had some shopping for my family and friends from Barmiz Mmarket. The Barmiz ‘Achar’ [sauce] is famous in all over the Bangladesh. I have bought many packets of ‘Achar’ for my family and friends.

The entire journey was really great. I have enjoyed very much by this journey. It was a memorable event for my whole life.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Media’s role on women’s development

By Rabbany Sujon

First Published

Few days ago we passed “International women’s day 2008”. Many women organizations and human rights organization arranged sufficient programs in Bangladesh regarding that day. Purush Somabesh (male gatherings) at Dhanmondi Robindra Sorobor was one of the attractive and praiseworthy programs. Thousands of young people participated there willingly. Some popular singers sang songs besides discussion on violence against women. Most of the TV channels, Radio and other Medias focused these programs. Well e very well. People who could not attend in these ceremonies, they learned many things through these media programs. Thus, media can make people aware about many things that are dark in our society.

I think violence against women increasing in our society only for ignorance. People have not sufficient knowledge on women’s rights. Media can keep sufficient contribution to reduce women’s violence.

But what can we learn all around the year? I would like to discuss about some advertisements that are showcased in the whole year by the media channels.

I can see an advertisement of Bangladesh Olympic Association’s on “Crira Unnoyan lottery” everyday several times on BTV where displays that ----
‘A young woman was taken to a young man for choosing her as his bride/wife. (This is an ancient ceremony before getting married in our society). Then young man becomes very worried to see the young girl as she did not wear sufficient ornaments. Then one of guardians or matchmaker takes him to another room and shows a lottery, he tells that you will get everything by this lottery if- -. Then bridegroom becomes happy and gets married.’
Here what is the advertisement teaching us? Are ornaments or valuable things or everything essential for every woman? What will happen if bridegroom don’t get lottery price?

Let’s have a look at another TV advertisement of a famous Cosmetic Company. It displays that----
‘A young girl failed to collect any job in the job markets. Later she started to use beauty cream and she became beautiful within two weeks and gets a rich job easily.’
What does the advertiser want to mean by this advertisement? Are all the jobs reserved for white skinned women?

There are huge advertisements (Soap, cream etc) are shown in the various TV channels where that the black skinned women are underestimated. These advertisements make very sorrow to the black skinned women and make a negative sense to the male persons against black skinned women.

We can also learn observing some clothe washing soap/detergent powder’s advertisements that clothes washing tasks are only for women and that have been done from ancient. Though most of the commercial laundries are lead by the male persons. Same-same we are also learned from some spice companies advertisements that all the cooking tasks are only for women and that have been done from ancient though most of the restaurant and first food shop are leaded by male persons.

Few days ago I saw an advertisement of a car fair in a daily news-paper where some new model cars were with two young girls. Those girls wore nice and short dress. I did not understand why these girls are beside these cars. I know that new cars are used by rich businessmen or high officers.
Are not these girls used as goods or sex object? We can see on the TV commercial everyday in many advertisements that women are using as goods and sex objects if you look these by your naked eyes.

Add producers, TV commercials and women/models who act in these kinds of advertisements should think about the add concept before making those. We know media is the conscience of the society. The society can be affected by the media both positively and negatively. We hope the media will take step to make awareness in the society and help to reduce the negative sense on add concept.