Workshop on â€˜social media and role of religious leadersâ€™ held in city
JnU Correspondent :
On the occasion of International Day for Tolerance, MOVE Foundation- a youth-led non-profit organization hosted a day-long workshop titled "Information in Social Media: Role of Religious Leaders" on Saturday at Ascott Palace at Baridhara in the city. Country's prominent religious leaders, Intellectuals and human rights activists were present at the workshop.
Saiful Haque, President of MOVE Foundation inaugurated the day-long workshop through a session on information management in social media. He said violent extremism has emerged as one of the most critical threats of our time. Drivers of violent extremism include lack of socio-economic opportunities related to ethnic or religious divisions, marginalization and human rights violations.
While talking the workshop speakers urged all to follow proper religious teachings in everyday life to prevent intolerant behaviour, hate speech and spreading misinformation on social media. They said that the religious leaders can play the most important role in forestalling extreme reactions and violence in sensitive issues. As today's young generation grows up in nuclear families, they get less scope to share their views with other family members. So, we must create an environment where children can share their thoughts freely.
Hafez Mufti Maulana Mizanur Rahman, Senior Pesh Imam of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, Sheikh Mohammad Sarwar Hossain, Director of DGFI, SM Nazmul Huq, ADC of Dhaka Metropolitan Police ( DMP), Major General (Retd) Syed Muhammad Ibrahim, Chairman of Bangladesh Kallyan Party, ABM Rashedul Hasan, Vice Chancellor of EXIM Bank Agricultural University, Sunanda Priyo Bhikkhu, General Secretary of Bangladesh Buddhist Federation addressed the workshop among other religious thinkers, minority community leaders and Imams.
Meanwhile, MOVE Foundation is a youth-led non-profit organization formed by a group of young professionals and students in 2013. It aims to increase social inclusion of the excluded, especially, the Qawmi Madrasa graduates, religious and ethnic minorities and underprivileged, and create interfaces for communal harmony.