The Centre for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights organized the Flagship “Gender and SRHR” short course from November 1st - 6th. The course, funded by Nuffic, aimed to stimulate a full conception of SRHR in the context of Bangladesh. The 28 participants included professionals from diverse educational and employment backgrounds, ranging from the public to private sector. The course was facilitated mainly by professor Sabina Faiz Rashid (JPGSPH), professor Anouka van Eerdewijk from KIT (Netherlands), and Sunita Kujur from CREA (India) in collaboration with, and included guest lectures Barrister Sara Hossain and Prof. Firdous Azim. Participants explored various aspects of SRHR through lectures and films, as well as group activities, such as discovering and mapping sexual hierarchies.
The course changed participant’s attitudes towards sensitive issues, such as sex workers and sexual orientation mentioned by the participants by the end of the course. Many also stated that the course broadened their understanding of complex topics such as sexuality and gender along with the rights associated with them. The course also featured a discussion panel featuring representatives from Bondhu, Maya.com.bd, and the Sex Workers Union. As the first of its kind, participants and facilitators reported the course to have been successful in achieving its objective, raising awareness on Gender and SRHR.