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Social Activism

On Day 5 of the Parallel Lives 10-day programme I will be focusing on Social Activism.

Firstly, let us start with a definition: ‘Social activism is working with other people to bring about a change in society.’ Whether you wish to see a big or small change in society, the only way is to get involved and actively participate. We can wait for others to do it for us. We have to take personal responsibility and help.

The SDGs 2030 agenda helps to bring focus to any conversation about what needs to be done, no matter where you are from on the planet. We are all affected by the changes taking place, especially around the climate.

Throughout the day I will talk with individuals who are involved in their own social activism and asking them what they feel needs to be done to encourage others to get involved. Also why they started originally.

Kavita Ashok (New Delhi, India)

My first conversation of Day 5 is with the Environmentalist, Women & Health Activist and President of the Tree for Life NGO, Kavita Ashok. I’ve spoken to her several times throughout the global pandemic to discuss her work and how to engage with people interested in finding solutions to local issues. When we spoke last week, the terrible dam disaster had only just happened in Uttarakhand.

Follow Kavita on Twitter @kavitaashok1969

Pallavi Priya (Hyderabad,India)

Pallavi is a Social Entrepreneur and Digital Influencer associated with various projects that help change society. She is the founder of a nonprofit initiative ‘A Cause for Celebration‘ which aims to serve, empower and uplift the underprivileged and lower-income communities.

Here is the link to Pallavi’s organisation on Facebook: A Cause For Celebration

Bazlur Rahman (Bangladesh)

Chief Executive Officer at Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) Policy Research Fellow at Media, Entertainment & Culture in the Fourth Industrial Revolution of BIGF.

Website for the Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication

Kieran Breen (UK)

I will be talking with Kieran about his international development work in East Africa, Latin, Central & North America, and South-East Asia.

I’m interested to discover how he first became involved in the sector, and what value it has in society today. How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected the sector and how does he see the decade as we head to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) deadline.

He is a Trustee of ADD International – this is from his biography, “…spent 30 years working in the development sector with agencies such as Save the Children, VSO, CUSO International and ADD International, as Country Director in Ethiopia and Tanzania, Regional Director in East Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean and Senior Director Global Programme.” 

Our conversation at 17:30 UK was live-streamed through the Documentary Media Centre Facebook Page.

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