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Self-defense skills for young women and girls: LIUPCP signs MOU with BLAST

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DHAKA: 28 January 2020: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Livelihoods Improvement of Urban Poor Communities Project (LIUPCP) and Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) on Tuesday here at BLAST head office, Dhaka.

Under the MoU, BLAST will help to to build and enhance self-defense skills of young women and girls in the poor settlements of Vashantek and Korail under Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).

Md. Abdul Mannan, National Project Director, LIUPCP & Joint Secretary of Local Government Division and Justice Md. Nizamul Huq, Chief Legal Advisor of BLAST, signed the MoU.

LIUPCP works with the people in urban poor settlements to reduce poverty and enhance livelihood potentials. One of the activities of this project is to enhance capacities of young women and girls in a way so that they can move to any places, at any time without fear of being abused, feel safe and secure with confidence and dignity. On this backdrop, the MoU has been signed so that LIUPCP can support these girls to learn self-defense as an inclusive skill that they can use in their daily life.

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Abdul Malek, Programme Manager, BLAST, Mousumi Pervin, Local Economy Livelihood and Financial Inclusion Coordinator of LIUPCP, Jannatul Mozdalifa, Gender Expert of LIUPCP, Md Jainal Abedin, Town Manager of DNCC for LIUPCP, and Zohora Khanum, Socio Economic & Nutrition Officer of DNCC for LIUPCP, were present.