Counterspeech efforts in Bangladesh

Our counterspeech efforts in Bangladesh have reached more than 1.3MM people to date. Explore this page to learn about local initiatives, campaigns, resources, and partners in your community.

Hackathons

Our social impact hackathons are intense, organized experiences where teams compete to hack (a.k.a creatively solve) a local counterspeech challenge and develop prototype tools, products, services, and initiatives. To date, the hackathons have been held in Manila, Dhaka, Jakarta, and the United States, and we are currently planning more around the world.

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Onimikh, Digital Khichuri Challenge

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Sharing culture through graphic novels

The Digital Khichuri Challenge focused on creating stories and online campaigns that promote peace and celebrate the strength of Bangladesh’s diversity. The name is inspired by the traditional dish, Khichuri, a rich blend of lentils, rice, and spice. It exemplifies the Bangladeshi cultural landscape.

Teams of social entrepreneurs, programmers, grassroots leaders, designers, storytellers, students, and others competed in the challenge. The ideas were so innovative and impactful that the United Nations Development Programme and IT Ministry of Bangladesh offered additional prize funding, enabling three teams to move forward with their initiatives.

The first place winner was Onimikh, an online platform that uses graphic novels and comic books that incorporate Bangladeshi culture to appeal to those seeking more representation of their culture outside of Bangladesh. The digital stories showcase art from up-and-coming Bangladeshi storytellers, with the goal of promoting peace and tolerance.

Want to learn more? Check out the Onimikh Facebook page.

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156K+

people reached

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P2P: Facebook Global Digital Challenge

P2P has reached more than 200 million people through campaigns run by 6,500 students from 375 universities in 75 countries.


The following universities and organizations in Bangladesh have participated in the program: MOVE Foundation and University of Dhaka.

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Get Up Speak Up, BRAC University

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Countering hate through engaging in interfaith discussions

Get Up Speak Up empowered youth to proactively engage in discussion about countering hate in a series of workshops called Matters of Faith, and strategic online engagement through the campaign’s website and social media pages. Matters of Faith, which attracted over 1000 local youth, inspired community involvement and motivated young adults to proactively engage in discussion about countering hate. Through research and current cultural norms, the team uncovered that youth (16 to 25 years old) in Dhaka do not have safe platforms to speak openly about discriminatory experiences.

Get Up Speak Up has garnered national media attention, and secured partnerships with GenLab (a local youth led Think Tank) to expand the Matters of Faith workshop to additional cities, along with securing a nomination to participate in interfaith harmony dialogues with United Nations Development Program. They are also partnering with IID and Peace and Justice to get youth involved in issues concerning policy-making and countering hate crimes; along with expanding into local universities to integrate the workshops into an Interfaith week scheduled to pilot in Spring 2018.

Want to learn more? Check out the Get Up Speak Up Facebook page.

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2MM+

People reached

2nd Place

Facebook Global Digital Challenge

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Think Twice, Act Wise, University of Dhaka

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Promoting tolerance and empathy through critical thinking

This campaign's goal was to promote tolerance and empathy through the development of critical thinking and extra-curricular activities that encouraged Bangladeshi youth to think twice before making decisions to act.

The campaign employed online and offline activities like telling positive stories about tolerance and empathy, sharing inter-faith dialogue videos, and providing counseling services for participants. The campaign's online tactics included building a website, blog, Facebook page, and other channels to share the stories of people across Bangladesh. Offline tactics included a workshop facilitated by the team of students behind the campaign, as well as debate sessions on campus, interfaith dialogues, and a photography exhibition.

Want to learn more? Check out the Think Twice, Act Wise Facebook page.

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1MM+

people reached

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