It's been more than 3 years since Sajida came to Bangladesh seeking refuge from the horrors in Myanmar exodus. Now she lives her five daughters and husband in Camp no. 16, in Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar.
Sajida can still vividly recall all the challenges and hurdles when coming from Myanmar to Bangladesh, but thankfully, she no longer feels tormented. Thanks to the efforts of Women and Girls’ Safe Space, run by CARE Bangladesh. Here, she has learned about early marriage, forced marriage, family planning, preventions for COVID-19, hand- washing, natural disaster, human trafficking, self-care, health & nutrition, menstrual hygiene management, polygamy, Gender-based Violence (GBV) related issues and much more.
Sajida now is a proud member of community outreach women’s group. For this, she can confidently speak in community forums and can help neighbors and peers in the camp. She also voluntarily conducts awareness raising sessions among women and adolescents on various issues. If anyone is facing any difficulty, they seek advice from her or from other member of the community outreach women’s group. Sajida proudly says, “Even my husband prefers my opinion when deciding on a big task at home. It feels very good then.” This is a great achievement for her in a community where women are struggling to find their voice.
Sajida is now a happier person. She hopes to become more self-reliant in future. She would like to continue supporting women, children and adolescents in her society so that they do not face any unwanted problems; she wants to continue raising awareness and help others. She said, “I have become aware of myself and I am spreading this awareness messages among others. Today, I am very grateful to CARE Bangladesh for this good change.”