VOICE is a rights-based, activist organization working mainly on the issues of food sovereignty, aid effectiveness, economic justice, and the right to information and communication, both in Bangladesh and on a global scale. By building a broader constituency of alternative voices to the ‘mainstream development discourse’ through research and public education, VOICE is taking a stand against unjust and undemocratic practices.
Bangladesh earn success in achieving MDGs
Bangladesh has made a remarkable success to achieve MDG goals, it still needs to make sincere efforts to meet its development needs. This was revealed at a seminar on ‘Accountability, Monitoring and Review Framework on Post 2015 Agenda’ at the Mymensingh municipality auditorium on Saturday.
The speakers urged the government to undertake a robust accountability mechanism to measure the progress towards SDGs including their targets and means of implementation. They also asked to introduce national sustainable development strategy through a participatory process.
The post 2015 development agenda should ensure inclusive and equitable economic growth while it needs attention to reduce poverty and inequality particularly among marginalized groups and improved living conditions.
A large number of stakeholders including NGOs, academicians, civil society organizations, trade unions, women groups, rights organizations, youth and professional bodies attended the seminar, says a press release.
Speaker emphasized that United Nations must emphasize human rights in the Post 2015 development framework. They also asked that governments should include marginalized communities and women to ensure equal participation and realize gender equality and women rights in the new framework. United Nations is preparing a new development framework with its member states as the Millenium Development Goal (MDGs) will get end in 2015.
Speakers spoke in the seminar `Post 2015 Development Framework: Ensure Participation, Accountability and Human Rights’ held on 25h April 2015 at the Satkhira Press Club, organized by a rights based development research organization VOICE and Beyond 2015 while the seminar was presided over by eminent educationist Abdul Hamid. Among others, Nazrul Islam, Mayor, Satkhira Municipality, Nityananda Sarker, General Secretary of district teacher’s association, and Madhob Dutta, executive director of Sadesh spoke at the seminar.
Seminar on Post 2015 Development Framework: Ensure People’s Participation, Accountability and Human Rights
VOICE and Beyond 2015 are going to organize a seminar on `Post 2015 Development Framework: Ensure People’s Participation, Accountability and Human Rights’ to be held on 25 May 2015 from 10:00 am. To 2:00 pm. at the Press Club, Satkhira.
The seminar aims at addressing the issues around post 2015 drawing the position and recommendations of the Beyond 2015 engaging local stakeholders to further act on collectively.
We look forward to your participation and contribution to the discussion on post 2015 development framework.
For more information, please contact: 01711881919
[Dhaka, 31 December 2014] Speakers in the national convention on ‘Privacy Rights Protection’ called the government to enact data protection law to secure privacy rights and personal data. The convention was organized by rights based organizations VOICE and Privacy International, in association with Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum, Equity and Justice Working Group, Susashoner Jonno Procharavijan-SUPRO (Campaign for Good Governance), Online Knowledge Society, Campaign on Citizens Rights to Information at the National Press Club, Dhaka.
The convention proposed a draft “Data Protection Law”. The summary of the draft law has been presented by Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE while Advocate Tanzim Islam and a law department teacher of Eastern university Saimum Reza Piash highlighted some points of the draft and called for enacting to ensure citizens’ right to privacy..
Law sought for protecting privacy, personal data
Speakers in the national convention on 'Privacy Rights Protection' urged the government to enact a data protection law to secure privacy rights and personal data.
The convention was organised by rights-based organisations VOICE and Privacy International, in association with the Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum, Equity and Justice Working Group, Susashoner Jonno Procharavijan-SUPRO (Campaign for Good Governance), Online Knowledge Society, Campaign on Citizens Rights to Information at the National Press Club in the city.
The convention made an outline of a draft 'Data Protection Law'.
Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE presented the summary of the draft law while Advocate Tanzim Islam and a law department teacher of the Eastern University Saimum Reza Piash highlighted some points of the draft and called for enacting the law to ensure citizens' rights to privacy.
The speakers said a fresh law has to be enacted to defend privacy rights, as ensured by Article 43 of the Bangladesh Constitution.
Greetings from VOICE (www.voicebd.org).
We are pleased to invite you to a National Convention on `Privacy Rights Protection' to be held from 9.30 am. to 2.00 pm. on 31 December 2014 at the VIP Lounge, National Press Club, Dhaka. The programme will jointly be organized by VOICE and Privacy International in association with Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum, Equity and Justice Working Group, Susashoner Jonno Procharavijan ( Campaign for Good Governance), Online Knowledge Society, Campaign on Citizens Rights to Information.
With a few months before the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire, how development cooperation should adapt to the new post-2015 environment – particularly the partnerships that underscore such cooperation, is a key debate.
The Reality of Aid 2014 Report titled “Rethinking Partnerships in a Post-2015 World: Towards Equitable, Inclusive and Sustainable Development,” with 27 civil society contributions from both aid-recipient and donor countries, provides unique perspectives to this question.
VOICE contributed a article in the report titled " Redefining partnership: The Need for a holistic approach for effective development partnership in Bangladesh"
Since the early 1990s, the Reality of Aid Network (RoA), a Southern-led North/South network on reforming aid policies and practices, publishes a major global report assessing development aid for poverty reduction with an emphasis on qualitative analysis of the national and multilateral aid regime.
The RoA Reports analyse and advocate key messages relating to the performance of aid donors from a unique perspective of civil society in both donor and recipient countries. These Reports have developed a reputation in many donor countries as an important independent comparative reference for accountability and public awareness of development cooperation issues.
[29 November 2014] Speakers stressed to formulate data protection law to uphold right to privacy and personal information protection from abuse. A press briefing organized by VOICE, a rights group, was held at the TMSS’s Usha conference room at Bogra yesterday (Saturday).
A TV Talk Show on Right t Privacy will be broacasted at Boishakhi Television today on 28th ctober 2014. Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, excutive director of VOICE and Privacy Rights advocate will moderate the show while Barrister Tanjib ul Alam and Prof. Shamim Reza from Dhaka University will present as discussant.
A lecture on Privacy and Communication Surveillance held on 26 October 2014 at the premises of Rajshahi University. The lecture program was jointly organized by VOICE and Muktodhara Network, Rajshahi. Salim Reza Newton and Manun Haidar from Mass Communication & Journalism Department and Bokhtiar Ahmed from Anthropology department spoke in the event.
Ahmed Swapan Mahmud provides the insights on privacy drawing examples and briefly explain about the country situation.
Salim Reza Newton points out the implication of ICT Act on right to privacy. He said the ICT Act (amendment) has increased the possibilities of surveillance to online communication within legal frameworks.
Manun Haidar indicates that the country does not have any data protection law, anyone can be the victim of misuse of the surveillance.