Category: Sustainable Development

Seeding change: VOICE takes a grassroots approach to battle misinformation around COVID-19

How are APC members improving their communities’ lives? In this column we’re highlighting stories of impact and change by our members, supported by APC subgranting. With the global health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacting vulnerable communities, VOICE works on the ground to deliver critical communications and local support. In Bangladesh, the…

Tobacco product display and its interference with current tobacco control law

Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment (VOICE), a rights-based research and advocacy organization organized a sharing meeting to disseminate the findings of a study titled ‘Tobacco Industry Interference on Tobacco Advertisement, Promotion and Sponsorship at Points of Sale in Dhaka city of Bangladesh’ with the National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC), Ministry of Health and Family…

Tobacco companies using loopholes to promote products Says a recent survey

Taking advantage of loopholes in the law, tobacco companies are providing materials to vendors in different formats to promote their products, according to a recent survey. Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment (VOICE), a rights-based research and advocacy platform, organised a meeting yesterday to disseminate the findings of its study with National Tobacco Control Cell…

Speakers demanded comprehensive law and policy for e-waste management to ensure environmental sustainability in Bangladesh

[Dhaka, 26 June 2021] Speakers at a press-briefing demanded comprehensive policy addressing the increasing problem of electronic waste (e-waste) and its management held today at the VOICE’s Civic Centre in Dhaka that is held both virtually and in-person. They said e-waste is increasing at the rate of 20 per cent every year in Bangladesh and…

Introduce effective e-waste management system through PPP: Speakers

Speakers at a workshop on Tuesday have demanded an effective e-waste management system, knowledge creation and recycling of the wastes through public private partnership (PPP) schemes. The workshop styled “Efficient Use of Digital Technology and Effective E-Waste Management in Bangladesh” was participated by NGOs, CSOs, journalists, women and youths, said a press release. Quoting data ascertained…

BATB’s online advertisement violates tobacco control law

“If we cannot stop the involvement of senior officials, we cannot make Bangladesh a tobacco-free nation even in a century” – Monjurul Ahsan The government should take immediate steps against tobacco advertisement on e-Commerce platform buyherenow.com.bd, said speakers at a webinar on Thursday. They also called for banning corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes by tobacco…

‘Battle of Minds’ violates Tobacco Control Act, VOICE alleges

The tobacco company that sponsored the event, is using policymakers while committing this crime   Voices for Interactive Choice & Empowerment (VOICE), a human rights organisation, has alleged that British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB) is conducting a death marketing campaign, leading youths into a smoke-trap by sponsoring events like Battle of Minds. The grand finale of…

Speakers urged to ensure equality, women empowerment and freedom of expression

[Dhaka, 3 October 2020] Speakers urged to ensure equality, women empowerment and freedom of expression in a discussion session on Gender, development and freedom of expression held its training centre. The discussion session was organized by VOICE while Ahmed Swapan, executive director of VOICE moderated the session. Nur Quamrunnahar, a noted writer and senior professional…