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Interview with social activist Nely Islam
For an effective women empowerment
Farhana Naznin
Published :Sunday, 20 March, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 84
Nely Islam is a social worker. As a social worker she experienced women's painfully long struggle to get the foothold in the society. So she decided to dedicate her life to help women around the Bangladesh providing an effective empowerment. She has been involved with working-class rural communities on issues ranging from people's control over their own resources, challenging anti people policies and programs, secularism, and human rights. She has been integral to the forging of coalitions for human rights, gender equality, and democracy.
Nely Islam is an elder daughter of her parents. She was born in Khilgaon, Dhaka. In her childhood, Nely found various types of sport particularly to her liking and so she wanted to be an athlete. But during that period, the situation was different and difficult for women so she had to give up the dreams of being an athlete. Dream might have been disappeared but the passion never ended. She engaged herself in different types of social works.
Nely began work for women when she was in college. She used to stand next to the troubled people in her locality. From that time she used to counsel the people. She Joined in Ngo Kumudini Welfare Trust as a volunteer. She had given the voluntary service there for two and half years. It was her first job and her first step to be engaged in social work. She organized poor and troubled women and trained them in many types of work through this organization. They were trained in pottery making, waving, many types stitch and craft thing making.
"I am to facilitate sustainable income generation activities and entrepreneurial thinking that equips the women to make positive choices for themselves and their families. I want them to be trained up and spread education to other women so that every woman in this country could be well equipped."
She was engaged with Bangladesh Betar as a programme organiser and presenter for a programme 'Nari Jagoron', where the issues of discrimination, polygamous marriages were widely discussed.
She is also the founder chairman of an NGO-Association for Development and Motivation (ADM). Through this organization, she worked with the health and children education of the sex worker. She also works with Hijras. Nely came up boldly to resist child marriage and those activities earned her the fame.
She then started working with the women in different part of the countries and joined a Turkish NGO organisation, YARDIMELi, a Multi Serve International. It is a humanitarian relief organisation. She is an ambassador of this NGO.
"We encourage women around the world to realize their value and reach their potential through job training and education," she said. "We are trying to ensure that women could get a foothold in the society which is badly needed to establish an effective women empowerment."
Nely found counseling to her liking either. It is her passion indeed. She is trying to guide the frustrated and helpless women though counseling.
She also discovered her designer mindset due to teaching the people in craft thing making in early days. She later arranged several fashion shows and also was awarded by Parliament Membership Club. She got the award for 'best counselor' from the Bangladesh-India Friendship Conference. She has also got some awards for social work. She believes: "Don't do anything for leadership, do for society."

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