Vol. 5 Num 985 Thu. March 08, 2007  

TIB Debate on International Women's Day
'Help eliminate corruption'

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday held a debate competition titled "Women against corruption" on the occasion of International Women's Day.

TIB has taken the initiative as a part of its effort to build a social movement against corruption through the participation of women in raising awareness about its harmful effect on women.

Kuasha Pal of Rokeya Hall, DU became champion while Junangina Ahmed Trina of Government Sarada Sundari Women College, Faridpur, became first runner up. Susmita Chowdhury secured the second runner up position.

Dr ASM Atikur Rahman, moderator of Dhaka University Debating Society (DUDS), gave away certificates and crests among the winners.

Earlier in the morning TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman inaugurated the daylong programme at Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University (DU).

Addressing the inaugural session, Dr Iftekhar said in order to establish women's rights, corruption should be curbed immediately.

He urged the students to help eradicate corruption to ensure country's development and progress.

A rally paraded different streets on DU campus after the inaugural session.

A total of 100 female students from DU, Jahangir Nagar University (JU), Rajshahi University (RU), Northern University, Bangladesh University, Viqarunnisa Noon College, Leading University, Suhrawardi College, Rajuk Uttara Model College, International Islamic University, Chittagong, Kartia College, Tangail, Government Sarada Sundari Women College, Faridpur and Cantonment Public College, Syedpur took part in the competition.

The main attraction of the day was 'shadow parliamentary debate' in the afternoon participated by the 10 best debaters selected from the open-ended debate sessions in the morning.

Prof Asif Nazrul acted the role of the Speaker of the parliament.

TIB organised the debate in cooperation with DUDS, East West University, Independent University Bangladesh, Shamsun Nahar Hall Debating Club and Stamford Debate Forum.

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) takes out a procession on the Dhaka University campus yesterday. PHOTO: STAR