Bangladeshi Tanzil Ferdous to get Emerging Young Leaders Awards
Bangladeshi Tanzil Ferdous to get Emerging Young Leaders Awards. The US state department will present one of its 10 Emerging Young Leaders Awards to Bangladeshi youth, community development and women’s rights activist Tanzil Ferdous.
Tanzil among 10 Emerging Young Leaders
The 24-year-old president of Volunteer for Bangladesh, Chittagong and senior programme assistant at UNHCR will be presented with the honour on May 2.
Ferdous has organised numerous successful events through her organisation and engaged hundreds of youth in volunteerism. She believes that such efforts will deter them from engaging in extremist activities.
Ferdous has also been active in working with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and has helped develop a safe space for 500 refugee children at the camps through the JAAGO Foundation.
In a statement to the US state department, she said her goal is to “empower adolescent girls and women, to bring them to leadership positions through capacity building and strengthening them to become the leaders of tomorrow”.
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The US Department of State will honour outstanding young leaders from around the world, including Tanzil Ferdous from Bangladesh, on 2 May, reports news agency UNB.
The 10 recipients of the third annual ‘Emerging Young Leaders Award’ will be acknowledged in a public ceremony at the State Department for their efforts as partners for peace and drivers of economic growth and opportunity on the day.
The 2018 awardees are Sara Abdullah Abdulrahman from Iraq, Diovio Alfath from Indonesia, Ece Ciftci from Turkey, Tanzil Ferdous from Bangladesh, Zina Salim Hassan Hamu from Lithuania, Dania Hassan from Pakistan, Nancy Herz from Norway, Isasiphinkosi Mdingi from South Africa, Jose Rodriguez from Panama and Firuz Yogbekov from Tajikistan.
The award is given in recognition of the positive role young people play in building sustainable peace, according to US Department of State.
These 10 remarkable young people will visit the United States for an intensive programme from 29 April to 12 May, especially designed to expand their leadership capacities, strengthen their knowledge of management strategies in the non-profit, government and private sectors, learn and share best practices, and broaden their networks of resources and support.
The exchange programme provides skills training to set awardees on paths for increased collaboration on global issues affecting youth, particularly those involved in building peace, combating extremism, and empowering youth.