ABOUT THE PROJECT
Peacempire project will use digital storytelling and advocacy workshops on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights to reduce the rate of Early Forced Marriage (EFM) and Violence against Women (VAW) involving young people. The project will also form a coalition bringing together SRHR experts, traditional leaders, political quarters, administrative bodies and survivors in monthly social campaigns on major streets of the area. The goal is to build the capacity of young advocates to effectively respond to EFM and VAW incidences through citizen journalism and digital media to ensure legal interventions and public engagements.
Rakibul is Feature Editor of The Bangladesh Today, regularly contributing op-eds and columns to more than 20 regional newspapers. Generally, he writes on counterterrorism, security issues, LGBT and gender-based violence. He is interested in public policy analyses, peacebuilding, conflict transformation, and the role of youth. Rakibul believes in ensuring freedom of expression, especially to the youth community. He advocates for youth participation in new media and citizen journalism around the country. Previously, he was a Research Analyst at the Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies.
Rakibul graduated from the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Dhaka. In 2014, His Excellency VK Duggal, State Minister of Manipur, India awarded him with the Global Youth Award, recognizing his role in the community and the region. He was invited to the 2015 World Youth Summit 2015 India as a country coordinator of Bangladesh.