Sunday, July 5, 2009

My Social Communication

espite all my disability and limitations I always try to maintain
my social communication and participation to promote rights and dignity of women with disabilities in Bangladesh.

Usually I don't miss the social and recreational events like
visiting exhibition, attending cultural events and various family occasion like marriage or birthday ceremony or others.

I have attended marriage reception of Animesh Taju, given by AWDP Secretary & Coordinator. The reception was held at Ramna Thai &
Chineese Restaurant at Dhaka, Bangladesh. I enjoyed serving food to
Animesh is a physically disabled person. He fell in love with Dolly a non-disabled young girl. They continued their love affairs over mobile phone and as an outcome such devine love they got married.

I was excited to visit residence of Mr. Mrs. Khalilur Rahman, a couple with full blindness to the attend a relegious celebration of their child.
Both of them are highly educated and managing all their day to day family matters, rearing up their children and even managing difficult official matters skillfully. Such visit increases my own confidence indeed.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Disability doesn’t limit one’s success

Potentials of a person cannot be limited by his or her disability. Rather it blooms up with special ability many a times. Antora Ahmed, a woman with physical disability and Treasurer of AWDP-Bangladesh is such an instance among people with disabilities, especially the more vulnerable women with disabilities around us. On 10 February 2009 Antora secured the position of Asst. Vice-President of Arab Bangladesh Bank, one of the most reputed and large private Bank of the country.

Antora has been striving hard for her dignity and independence by working with AB Bank since last 18 years. 1n 1990 she got her job at AB Bank to a very small position of 'Assistant' even after getting her Post Graduation Degree from Rajshahi University. Since then she had to struggle hard to protect the job, the only means of her independence and dignity by her sincerity and hard work. And, over the last 18 years she was promoted five times to reach to this position. So far, Antora is only PWD who could reach up to this level in any Govt. or Private Bank in Bangladesh.

Antora's struggle was solely of her own and of her family. The driving force behind her success was her determination, sincerity and hard work. There was no role of any agency or organization during the most difficult days of her striving. But she wasn't frustrated. Her learning form the real life experiences motivated her to contribute for other PWDs through her own organization AWDP-Bangladesh. She is a Founding Member of AWDP and has been contributing to make some difference since 1996.

AWDP Executive Council on behalf of all its members and friends felicitates Antora for her encouraging achievement and wishes for her good health and further success.
Words of Appreciation....

Thanks for sharing us such a great news! Congratulations to Antora Apa on her success. To me, its not just a success, its a victory over the tyranny of the non-disabled ideology of the society. We salute you Antora Apa!
In solidarity!

Mahbub Kabir
Leonard Cheshire Disability and Development Bangladesh (LCDDB)
Thanks for the exclusive news on Antora Appa, Treaurer AWDP.
Special Congratulations to her for her Success. I pray for her as if may Allah her live long. I hope for that time when she will be in the top position of AB Bank as a WWD in Bangladesh. And also she will contribute in disability sector by her own capacity.

At last, I salute her because she has broken negative attitude among the decision makers, planers and other in the Civil Socity as a WWD of Bangladesh.

Best Regards

Azmal Hosen Mamun
Freelance Development Journalist &
a person with low vision from Bangladesh
I believe such good news would inspire persons with disabilities to be confident enough to their potential. It is not only inspiring for the persons with disabilities rather it’s a challenge to the myth that disabled people are not capable to work and hope potential employer would also consider employing persons with disabilities. We would like to convey our sincere gratitude to her work and contribution to the disability movement.

Antora Apa, our heartiest congratulations to you and we pray for her sound health. We wish to see you securing top position in banking sector.

This information should be shared to other potential employers.

Mozammel Haque
Acting Country Director
ADD Bangladesh
Congratulations for your grand success Antara Apa. I personally feel proud for your success. I wish your success.

Moniruzzaman Khan
Joint Secretary, AWDP-Bangladesh
& Managing Trustee, BDDT
Having learnt from AWDP-Bangladesh that you have promoted to the post of Assistant Vice-President in your Bank, I would like to extend my hearty thank and congratulation to you.

Wish you all the best

M.Osman Khaled
Chairman, Society of the Deaf & Sign Language User &
Ex-Vice-President, Bangladesh National Federation of the Deaf

Congratulation Antora Apa.
Wishing for your good health and further success.

Saira Ameer
Vice President, AWDP-Bangladesh
& BCC Officer, BCCP, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Congratulations Dear Antora Apa!

Its a great success for you, your family, for every woman with disabilities and for all of us.

We are proud of you.

Go ahead...

I think the news of Antora Apa need to be disseminated among the mainstream women rights movement, who are severely discriminatory towards the rights of of women with disabilities.

Md. Zahidul Kabir
Coordinator & Team Leader, Programs NFOWD
My greetings and best wishes for Antora Apa. We are feeling inspired and confident by knowing such achievements of one of our scholar friend.


Jannatul Ferdous Ivy
Development Activist &
Human Rights Promoter, ADD-Bangladesh
Congratulations to Antora from SARPV-Bangladesh and also thanks to Ashraf to keep going on.

Shahidul Haque
Executive Director
Dear Antora apa, Congratulations on your promotion! I hope you all the success for the future. It is a great achievement for you and an inspiration for us, PWDs

Roxana Sherif
Development Activist
(A woman with disability from Bangladesh)
My greetings to Antora Apa.
Great achievement for all of us.

Nahid Mahmud
Sydney, Australia
Former Vice President, AWDP-Bangladesh
Greetings from NCDW! You will be an example of our society on behalf of disabled women as well as it will give us an enthusiasm to go ahead in our future life.

Disabled people, specially disabled women are neglected in our society. But society will break her misdemeanor to seeing like man of you & everyone will say disabled people can do every thing if surroundings are upbeat.

Umme Kulsum Ranjona
President, NCDW
Dear Sister Antora,
Warmest congratulations!

I am very proud of you. You and I both know the term “disability” means because we both are sufferers. I am a profound deaf man living in the United States as your native and you are my sister who is struggling in our country, despite barricades.

By virtue of faith, hard work and going to extra mile, you set a milestone for our country. I am greeting you, honoring you from the heartland of the United States for your very best.

Brother Khaled, brother Ashraf, and brother Mamun are the surja santans (golden sons) of our country. I wonder to know their tireless efforts for the welfare & rights of the people with disabilities in our country!

People with disabilities should not be neglected anymore. It is our moral duty and responsibility to recognize them nationally and annually. Introducing Bangladesh National Able Award will be a real honor and a very fine example for them.

Warm wishes,

Iftu Ahmed
Aurora, IL USA
Dear Antora and Ashraf,
Everyone at CRP wishes to extend their warmest congratulations to you, Antora on the great success you have achieved in your bank. You should feel very proud indeed. Very well done.
Thank you so much, Ashraf for kindly giving us this great news.

Best wishes,

Valerie Taylor
Founder and Coordinator
Center For Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP)
Congratulation to Antara apa for her Success. I salute her.
I wish every success of her life.

Best Regard

Md Anwar Hossain Hazari
ChairmanPratibandi Kallayan Society(pks)
Dear Antora Apa,
We are also proud and congratulate to you, you are secured the position of Assistant Vice-President of Arab Bangladesh Bank, Also holding the respected positions in Treasurer of AWDP
With best regards,

Md Sherajul Islam (Swapan)
Executive Director
Society for Awareness and Development of Disabled (SADD)
Thanks for sharing this great news. Really Antora apa is a role model for PWDs. As she is in a higher position hope she will create some opportunity for others. Wish a healthy and successful life to Antora apa. Regards.

Jolly Kowser
Deveopment Activist on Disability and Rights
(A woman with late Blindness)
Dear Ashraf bhai, Thanks for shearing this news.
Congratulations! Antora apa for your great success .We all are proud to hear this news .
Wish you good luck. Thanks.

Nazrana Yeasmin Hira
Program manager (Rights), Manusher Jonno Foundation

Ms. Antora Ahmed, Assistant Vice President AB Bank Ltd. & Treasurer AWDP,
Dear Antora, Heartiest Congratulation for your professional recognition and commendable achievement.We all feel proud for your success. We all pray for your sound health and competent professionalism.
Finally, you have made the history by serving in the Banking sector in Bangladesh with your disability. Thanking you and wishing your best of luck.

Monsur Ahmed Chowdhury
Managing DirectorJatiyo Protibondhi Unnayan Foundation