World Bank Competition for South Asian Youth: What Will It Take to End Gender-Based Violence in Bangladesh?

March 3, 2013

DHAKA, March 03, 2013 — The World Bank launched a competition for youth, ages 18-25, who live in Bangladesh and other South Asian countries, on best ideas in response to the question “What Will It Take to End Gender-Based Violence in your country in South Asia?”

When women are not safe on the streets or in their homes, their potential – including their economic potential – is limited. And that in turn limits the potential of countries to grow and develop. Escalating trends of violence towards women have ignited public awareness of sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence that affect women and girls in both the public and private spheres. This competition seeks best ideas on this issue, to further inform the ongoing discussions.

Submission in response to the question “What Will It Take to End Gender-Based Violence in Bangladesh?” will be in the form of SMS (text messages). Responses can be submitted in both Bangla and English. Responses can be up to 140 characters long, including spaces. Entries must be received by Friday, March 15, 2013.

Entries can be submitted by SMS to + 88 01823070253, or by email to, or by postal mail to: The Public Information Center, The World Bank Office Dhaka, Plot E 32, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Agargaon, Dhaka 1207, Bangladesh. To submit entries via Twitter, participants need to use the hashtag #endgbv to @worldbanksasia.  Participants need to include full name, phone number, and email address, if any.

The 10 best entries will win a compact video camcorder. In addition, the winning messages may be highlighted at the World Bank’s Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C., as well as on the Bank’s website and social media channels.

Media Contacts
In Dhaka
Mehrin Ahmed Mahbub
Tel : (+880-2) 8159001
In Washington
Gabriela Aguilar
Tel : +1 (202) 473-8955