April 4, 2018

Tanzil Ferdous

Tanzil Ferdous of Bangladesh, 24, actively works towards youth and community development and women’s rights in Bangladesh, while simultaneously personally challenging traditional gender norms in her country.  As the President of Volunteer for Bangladesh, Chittagong in 2015—the largest platform for youth volunteerism in Bangladesh—Tanzil organized numerous successful events for community development, engaging hundreds of youth in volunteerism.  She believes that if youth are engaged and motivated to do community service, they will be deterred from extremist activities.  Currently, Tanzil is working with the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, to help them not become victims of extreme violence.  Her work has helped support a safe space for 500 refugee children with the JAAGO Foundation in the Rohingya camps.  Tanzil’s mission is to empower adolescent girls and women, to bring them to leadership positions through capacity building and strengthening them to become the leaders of tomorrow.

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