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Shima Das Shimu
Tuesday 07 April 15


“Award offered to British American Tobacco Company (BATC) as an women friendly company is an act of dishonor to women and violation of law, this award should be withdrawn” protest of Tamak Birodhi Nari Jot (TABINAJ).

A human chain was organized by TABINAJ in front of Shoparjito Shadhinata (TSC), University of Dhaka at 3:30 pm on 31 March, 2015, against the award offered to British American Tobacco Company as “ Women Friendly Company” by Brand Forum.

TABINAJ expressed deep indignation and protest against the award and demanded immediate withdrawal of the award.

British American Tobacco Company received the Most Female Friendly Organization award from Brand Forum in connection with the International Womens’ Day on 8 March, 2015. This information was not known to the activists who work for establishing the rights of women. The news was published in the Daily Star on 17 March, 2015. It was published much later. So these protest rallies and human chains are being organized in Dhaka and other 14 districts including Dinajpur, Rangpur, Natore, Sirajganj, Jamalpur, Kushtia, Khulna, Satkhira, Magura, Bhola, Cox’s bazar, Bandarban and Narshingdi.


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It was strongly protested in the Human Chain, organized by TABINAJ at Dhaka that offering award to British American Tobacco Company was dishonor to women and violation of law. Attention of the Government was drawn to the fact that the dignity of the International Womens’ Day disgraced by this type of dishonor.

“British American Tobacco Company targets young women and men so that they are interested in tobacco consumption. That is why they have offered the women friendly award on 8 March, the special day for women. I like to draw the attention of the Government that this award must be withdrawal and further caution is expressed so that the tobacco company do not have such audacity” – Sayyida Akhter, on behalf of TABINIJ  expressed deep sense of indignation in this context.

“Apparently, it appears that advertisement on tobacco has been stopped but infact it has not stopped. The award offered to British American Tobacco on 8 March, 2015 is such an indication. We strongly protest against this act of advertisement. This award must be withdrawn” mentioned Sharmin Rahman on behalf of Ahsania Mission with deep anger.

“March 8 is an important date for achievement of women. We got the recognition of 8 March with lot of movements. We do not want to be dishonored on this occasion. It is our question how a company doing so much of harm to people can be women friendly. We record our protest against offering award to British American Tobacco Company. Immediately this award should be withdrawn” said Selina Rashid, Protisruti and member of TABINAJ.


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“Generally we know there is appreciation for commendable activities and condemnation for unjust acts. We are extremely sorry to know that the British American Tobacco Company producing and distributing poisonous products like tobacco was offered award as women friendly organization by Brand Forum in connection with the International Womens’ Day, 8 March. Shame, Shame! How could such a company doing so much harm to us, get an award. We strongly protest against this act of mockery and draw the attention of the concerned authority for withdrawing this award” said Dr. M. A. Sobhan.

“Smoking and tobacco products usage ( control) Law 2005 was amended in the parliament in 2013. We worked hard for amendment of the law. Every year, a total of 2, 81. 000 people across the globe are becoming disabled on account of tobacco. We are protesting against publicity of tobacco company. Is there no other women friendly company ? Shame! Immediately the award must be withdrawn” mentioned Ibnul Sayed Rana.

Tobacco companies have been killing people by offering poison like tobacco and on the other receiving award show-casing so-called good activity. They have been destroying the trees indiscriminately as fuel for curing tobacco leaves in the kiln. On the other hand planting fast growing epil epil trees for using as fuel for curing tobacco leaves and have been receiving award for tree plantation in connection with the World Environment Day (5 June) consecutively for some recent years. They also organize tree plantation inauguration by the Honorable Environment Minister. This mockery has been stopped very recently in the face of our strong protest. In the mean time, the forests in Chittagong Hill Tracts including Bandarban have been decimated badly. The hills have been denuded- the activities in the Human Chain highlighted.

Mahmuda Begum Nargis, Munni Khanam, Rubina Rahman, Jannatul Ferdous also spoke protesting against offering award to tobacco company. Many people including students of The University of Dhaka participated in the human chain.

Demand of TABINAJ in the Human Chain:

1. Award given to tobacco company must be withdrawn.

2. Indirect advertisement of tobacco company should bee discouraged.

3. Companies inflicting harm upon women should not be awarded.

4. Drawing attention of the Government for resisting undue attempt for disregarding International Womens’ Day.

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স্থানীয় জাতের বেগুন রক্ষা করুন

প্রতিবাদ ও দুনিয়ার সেরা বিজ্ঞানীদের সাবধান বাণী উপেক্ষা করে ক্ষতিকর বিটিবেগুন বা বিকৃত বেগুনের জাত বাংলাদেশে প্রবর্তন ও বাজারজাতের অপপ্রয়াস চলছে। বেগুন গাছে মাটীর ব্যাক্টেরিয়ার জিন ঢুকিয়ে পুরা বেগুন গাছকেই বিষাক্ত করা হয়। সেই গাছ ফল আর ডগা ছিদ্রকারী পোকা খেলে মরে যায়, কিন্তু বিষাক্ত বেগুন মানুষ খেলে ক্ষতি হয় না, এই হচ্ছে বৈজ্ঞানিক দাবি।

কী দরকার? কারন সারা দুনিয়ায় বেগুনের বিলিয়ন ডলার ব্যবসা। মার্কিন বহুজাতিক কম্পানি মনসান্টো ও ভারতীয় কোম্পানি মাহিকো তা তাদের একচেটিয়া নিয়ন্ত্রণে নিতে চায়। এর কারিগরি দিকের মালিকানাও তাদের।  বাংলাদেশের বেগুনের ওপর এই কারিগরি খাটীয়ে তার ওপর বুদ্ধিবৃত্তিক মালিকানা দাবি করছে তারা। অন্য দিনে বাংলাদেশের স্থানীয় বেগুন ধ্বংস করে শুধু কম্পানির বেগুন  আমাদের খাওয়াতে চায়। জীবন ও স্বাস্থ্যের ওপর যার সম্ভাব্য ঝুঁকি মারাত্মক হতে পারে।

বাংলাদেশের প্রাণবৈচিত্রের ওপর বহুজাতিক কম্পানির দখলদারির এই কৌশল প্রতিহত করতে হলে নিজেদের বেগুনের জাত চেনা ও রক্ষা করা জরুরী। এটা আমাদের সকলের সচেতনতা ছাড়া সম্ভব নয়। অতএব নিজেদের বেগুনের জাত সম্পর্কে জানুন, এবং নয়াকৃষি আন্দোলনের কৃষকদের সহায়তা করুন। এর বিরুদ্ধে লড়তে হলে নিজেদের জাত রক্ষা করার বিকল্প নাই।

প্রাণবৈচিত্রের উৎসভূমি (origin of diversity) হিসাবে বাংলাদেশ বেগুনের বৈচিত্র্যের দিক থেকে দুনিয়ার যে কোন দেশের চেয়ে সেরা। বেগুনের আন্তর্জাতিক বাজার বিশাল, কারণ সব্জির মধ্যে বেগুন সুস্বাদু এবং এর মধ্যে তেল (fat) নাই বললেই চলে। তার মানে বাংলাদেশের অর্থনৈতিক সমৃদ্ধি নিশ্চিত করবার জন্যও আমাদের দেশি জাতের বেগুন রক্ষা করতে হবে।

নয়াকৃষি আন্দোলন যে সব বেগুন নিয়মিত চাষ করে তার কিছু ছবি এখানে দেওয়া হোল।


Protest Against Btbrinjal Continues

SUPPORT PEOPLE"S PROTEST AGAINST BtBRINJAL

Pictures of rallies and protests against Btbrinjal. Farmers, scientists, environmentalists, ecologists, lawyers, teachers and consumers have been protesting agaginst Btbrinjal since
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UBINIG Centre (BIDDAGHORS)

Nayakrishi centers in the districts of Tangail, Pabna, Cox’s Bazar, Kushtia.


 Introducing Dai Mas (Traditional Birth Attendants)

Introducing key leaders of the rural health movement in Bangladesh.

Dai Ma (Traditional Birth Attendants) plays a major role in rural health systems particularly in maternal & child health and in the use and conservation of medicinal plants. UBINIG is working with them for a long time to develop a link with their practice with agro-ecological approach to health, medicine and nutrition led by Nayakrishi farming communities who practice biodiversity based ecological agriculture. Dai Mas are now organised into a network engaged in innovative knowledge practices and institutional experiments. This will enable them to contribute more effectively to national health system. They have strong grass root connections and effective social network. They are self-motivated and monitor the health of mother and child on their own as a responsible member of the community. Sense of responsibility come from their being woman and the natural instinct to help other women in child birth and child rearing. A command on indigenous knowledge and profound understanding of reproductive and child health make them unique in their role in the community. UBINIG is working with theme to find innovative and effective ways to link them with national health system.


Daighors (দাইঘর)

Translating Dai Mas as 'Traditioal Birth Attendants' misses the profound cultural, social and knowledge based practices of women in rural areas of Bangladesh. First, Dai Ma’s symbolises a social relationship. Her responsibility does not star during childbirth, rather when a woman comes as a bride in her village or locality. She is the main source of reproductive knowledge for women in reproductive age. In most cases, the Dai Ma is connected to the families of her in laws by helping in the birth of her husband. Dais are always married and have children, this is her acceptability as 'Dai' (birth attendant) in the village. She is the living medical and health record of the women in the village and without her a community health care system is almost impossible on which the national health care system has to rely on.


Glimpses from Nayakrishi Villages

Biodiversity-based ecological agriculture is note merely 'ORGANIC', but a unique practice without pesticide, chemicals and ground water extraction to achieve the highest systemic yield from per acre of farm land. Households are small ecological production units constituting a complex design encompassing the whole village. You can purchase the farmer's produce from Shashyshaprabartana.


Samples of  UBINIG Posters

Posters express concerns and ideas. They are interesting materilas to read and listen as well participate in the issues one is committed. UBINIG regularly prints and shares posters as a way  to build up networks and communications.  Web through some examples posted here.


UBINIG PUBLICATIONS (ENGLISH)

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Narigrantha Prabartana

6/8 Sir Syed Road, Mohammedpur, Dhaka -1207.

Phone:  880-2-9140812 . email: narigrantha@gmail.com


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Nayakrishi Seed Wealth Center and Seed Huts

Nayakrishi Seed Wealth Center and Seed Huts



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