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From SDG Pioneer to SDG Achiever

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Farzana Chowdhury ACII (UK) :
Sustainability Development Goals, also known as SDG are then glimpse of hope mostly for developing nations like ours. While the global disparity exists and many nations have moved forward, there are nations around the world still dealing with the urgency of eradicating hunger, attaining proper education for both the genders, gender equality in all the fields. SDGs have also been designed to save the planet, imposing proper environmental rules ensuring less damage. The severity of the creation of SDG was reflected through the quote stated by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, "There can be no plan B, because there is no Planet B." The seventeen SDG global goals formulate together towards dealing with the crucial predicament present in our current world, consisting a target of 169 nations. The 17 SDG goals are consisting; 1. No Poverty 2. Zero Hunger 3. Good Health and Well-being 4. Quality Education 5. Gender Equality 6. Clean Water and Sanitation 7. Affordable and Clean Energy 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 10. Reduced Inequalities 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities12 Responsible Consumption and Production 13. Climate Action 14. Life below Water 15. Life on Land 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions 17. Partnerships for the Goals
Achieving the goals by a sole entity can turn to a never ending process. According to UN, private sector plays a fundamental role in achieving the SDGs. Experts suggest that, now is the best time to mobilize business community to make the world and surrounding better. In a country like Bangladesh, there are multiple companies working towards the achievement of these goals. The vital goals applicable to Bangladesh include goal 1, 3, 4, 5 and 8. However, to achieve these vital goals along with other SDGs, corporations need proper focus at a point where they can have maximum impact. In Bangladesh's case, the focus point is Women.
Women in Bangladesh face heavy discrimination and partner violence resulting to the inability to become self-sufficient. Hence, they should receive the utmost support from the existing organizations in Bangladesh. To present a case, insurance companies such as Green Delta Insurance Company (GDIC) work towards insuring gender equality. They have developed an innovative solution to address the problems of women and ensure their empowerment through an inclusive insurance scheme named, Nibedita. The insurance scheme is designed for South Asian Women, safeguarding their economic and social empowerment.
The women is Bangladesh fall as victims to domestic violence, sexual harassment and many such form of subjugation. Nibedita, apart from providing insurance benefits, offers trauma stipends for the victims in Bangladesh. The role such allowances play in the life of the women in Bangladesh is incredible. Women tend to face the stigma after becoming a victim to any discriminatory acts from work places, along with the stigma from society. These acts include sexual offense to acid attacks to eve teasing. Often times victims are excluded from availing the opportunities only because they have been through trauma. In a circumstance like this, trauma allowances can help these victims remain self-sufficient.
Nibedita benefits are available for women between the ages of 14 to 65 years old. Women are provided with good coverage ranging from BDT 100,000 to BDT 1,000,000 for a minimum annual premium of BDT 580 only.
In order to make the access easier to Nibedita for the women in Bangladesh, GDIC created a mobile application, named 'Nibedita Mobile App', for the policy holders of Nibedita. The app was launched on 8th October 2016 in the event 'Nibedita App Launch and Local SDG Celebration' held in Le Meridien Dhaka. The event was honored by the presence of respectable guests such as Honorable Speaker of
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