US Ambassador meets the PHR Social Protection Group in Tentulia Union
US Ambassador Dan Mozena and local officials from the government of Bangladesh visited the USAID-supported Protecting Human Rights Program (PHR) implemented by Plan International and its Social Protection Group (SPGs) of Tentulia Union parishad at Chirirbandar in Dinajpur on November 11th. The US Ambassador met with SPG members to see firsthand how the work of the SPGs is an effective initiative to reduce the prevalence of domestic violence (DV) and related human rights abuses at the community level.
After participating in an SPG meeting and talking with its members, the US Ambassador said, “The Tentulia SPG initiative is one of the best examples I’ve observed in Bangladesh in bringing local government and the leaders of the community together in an effort to reduce the prevalence of domestic violence. The representation of the SPG demonstrates how local government and the people of the community can work together—hand-in-hand to accomplish a common goal to eliminate all violence against women and children.
“The right to live without fear of violence and abuse—physical, psychological or verbal—is everyone’s right. We should all strive for ZERO tolerance, ZERO tolerance of domestic violence. You are making that right a reality!” added the Ambassador.
PHR is a USAID-funded program implemented by Plan Bangladesh. One of the 102 program areas of PHR is Tentulia Union of Chirirbandar Upazila, Dinajpur district. In each union, PHR has formed a Social Protection Group (SPG) to promote the reduction of domestic violence at the community level.