organizes democracy festivals around different parts of Bangladesh
in support of its awareness building activities on democracy,
good governance, and human rights. The goal of these festivals
is to spread the significance and implication of these issues
within the people, specially the youths and women; introduce democratic
norms and values, story, culture, heritage of mature democratic
at democracy festival Chittagong
date Democracywatch organized four festivals. Between 3 and 5
May 2002 the fifth Democracy Festival was organized at Bogra,
the central town of northern Bangladesh. The slogan of this festival
was Empowerment of Women. On the first day
of the festival a seminar was held on Democratic Process and Empowerment
Nazmunnesa Mahtab, Professor of the Department of Public Administration,
University of Dhaka, presented the keynote paper. Political
leaders, experts and other professionals from different fields
attended the seminar. After the inaugural program,
Guest Begum Khurshid Jahan Haq, Minister for Women and Children
Affairs opened the stall exhibition. Thousands of people
visited the well-designed stalls.
stall at the festival in Bogra
democracy rally was organized in the afternoon. Besides the stalls,
Democracy Quiz Cell and Mukto Mancho attracted thousands of people
from nearby places.
the 2nd day M Aminul Haque, Minister for Post and Telecommunication
was present as the Chief Guest of the seminar on Effective Local
Government Functioning. Representatives of international and national
organizations participated in the discussion. On
the 3rd and final day Problems and Prospects of Agribusiness
in Bangladesh was the topic of discussion. It was presided over
by Amjad Hossain Tajma, President of Bogra Chamber and Commerce.
Personalities from politics, business, financial institutions
were present in the seminar.
program was another major attraction of the festival,
was organized each day of the three-day Bogra Democracy Festival.
Some famous movies and documentary films were also shown in the
for Commerce delivering his speech at Chittagong festival
the closing session the Executive Director Taleya Rehman thanked
the people of Bogra for their support and enthusiasm in organizing
such a very successful festival.
democracy festival in Dhaka
Bogra Democracy Festival get wide coverage by the media both print
and electronic even by the monthly magazine of the United Nations
Information Center UNIC 'DATELINE UN' in its May 2002 issues.