© 2004 Syed Ziaul Habib Roobon, Courtesy of Photoshare
Syed Ziaul Habib Roobon
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August 31, 2004
2005 Photoshare Photo Contest
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Reshma Akhter, an 8-year-old from the Rayerbazar slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh, breaks through the ribbon during a race. She is one of 150 students attending the Gana Unnayan Pathshala School established by Hunger Project volunteers Shanti Rebaru & Tajima Majumdar in July 2003. Investing in women and girls is an essential component to economic development and building strong communities. In recognition of this, The Hunger Project-Bangladesh celebrates September 30th every year as National Girl Child Day.


The Hunger Project-Bangladesh catalyzed an alliance of more than 50 organizations that holds more than 1,000 events all across the country. THPB also has 60,000 trained volunteers called "animators" all across the country who mobilize people's action to meet basic needs. In addition, The Hunger Project-Bangladesh is working to promote self-reliance and the abolition of discrimination against girl children. The Hunger Project is also working to increase awareness and social investment. Reshma was the poster girl for 2004 events where people carried her image on posters.

History of Use

Organization Media Type Title
Amnesty International Germany Flyer Safe Schools - Every Girl's Right, February 2008
American Association of University Women Website www.aauw.org, Education, Poverty and Economic Progress Features, January 2008
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs Report Kishori Abhijan: Empower Adolescent Girls, Bangaldesh - Baseline Report, Spring 2007, June 2007
Austrian Family Planning Association Flyer Women and Population Policy, Fact Sheet 5, Summer 2007
Department of Immigration and Citizenship Powerpoint Presentation Children at Risk, July 2007
World Bank Other World Development Indicators 2008
AIM Activity USAID Contract Brochure The Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, November 2007
Worldwatch Institute Other Vital Signs 2006: The Trends That Are Affecting Our Future, July 2006
UNESCO Other 'Quality Education and HIV and AIDS', UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team on Education, May 2006
International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO) Other International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), October 2007