The 5th annual Social Business Day organized by Yunus Centre will be held on June 28, 2014 on the theme of “We Are Not Job-Seekers, We Are Job-Givers-- Turning Unemployment into Entrepreneurship” at Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel, Dhaka.
As before, the gathering is an opportunity to meet, connect, discuss and collaborate with the global social business community with the purpose of developing effective solutions to solve society's most pressing problems. The focus of this year's day is on tackling youth unemployment through social business.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus will host the event and Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights will join the opening of Social Business Day as Keynote Speaker.
The event will also be attended by more than 1,000 participants, among them, 275 international participants from 31 countries including Andrea Jung, President and CEO, Grameen America (former global CEO of Avon), two delegations comprising 46 members from China, a 43 member delegation led by Danone Communities from France, a 15-delegation led by Grameen Credit Agricole, a 30-member delegation from Taiwan, high-level representatives from NABARD, Tata Steel, Bajaj group from India, among many others.
On June 28, 2014 the Yunus Centre welcomes Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights who will be joining the opening of Social Business Day as Keynote Speaker.
Kerry hails from the famous Kennedy family as the 7th born of the 11 children of the Former US Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel S. Kennedy. Her father Bobby Kennedy was Attorney General in his brother President J F Kennedy's cabinet.
The Kennedy family has a long history of support for the people of Bangladesh. In 1971, Kerry’s uncle, Edward Moore “Ted” Kennedy, became a close friend to Bangladesh when he spoke out in support of the independence for the people of Bangladesh. He visited refugee camps in India where the Bangladeshis had fled to under attack from the Pakistani army. The advocacy of Ted Kennedy played a significant role in the struggle for Bangladesh's independence, and was one of the earliest visitors to Bangladesh after the liberation war.
Kerry Kennedy’s family has been carrying on her family's tradition of fighting for democracy and justice. She is known around the world for her humanitarian efforts. In 1981, Kerry Kennedy, a lawyer by training, started working in human rights when she investigated abuses committed by U.S. immigration officials against Salvadoran refugees. Since then, her life has been devoted to the pursuit of justice and the promotion and protection of basic rights. She established the RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights in 1988 and has led over 50 human rights delegations across the globe.
Grameen Bank started out with a tiny initiative in the village of Jobra in 1976. In 1983 it became a formal bank. Now in 2014 it has over 8.5 million borrowers. Right from the beginning we paid attention to two things: 1) borrowers build the habit of savings by putting money every week in a savings account. We encouraged them never to give up this habit. 2) Secondly, borrowers should send their children to school. We paid highest attention to the second generation in the families of borrowers. At the very start of Grameen Bank we encouraged our borrowers to use their Centre House, a hut under which borrowers assemble to hold their weekly centre meeting, as a place of learning for their children. They hire a local girl or a woman paying small salary (usually TK 500 or $ 6.5) to teach their pre-school kids every day. Families had no experience of schools. They could not tell their children what to expect in school. This new learning and fun centre acted as a soft introduction to the kids to get used to reading and writing, also have fun being together everyday, as a way to overcome the fear of school.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus lights the inaugural lamp at the 12th Global Conference of the International Federation on Ageing at Hyderabad from the 10th to 13th June 2014 with the Hon'ble Deputy Chief Minister of the just created state of Telangana, Dr. T. Rajaiah (on far right). From left are: Dr. K. R. Gangadharan, President, International Federation on Ageing, Mabingue Ngom, Director, Program Division, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr. Jane Barratt, Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing, and representative Heritage Foundation India.
The 12th global conference of the International Federation on Ageing was held in Hyderabad took place from 10 to 13 June 2014. The convention was formally inaugurated by the Hon'ble Deputy Chief Minister of just created state of Telengana, Dr. T. Rajaiah on Wednesday, and Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus delivered the keynote address on the occasion.
In his speech Professor Muhammad Yunus said that we may transit from phase one of life to phase two of life after completing certain number of years of work, but that should not be called retirement. There is no reason why every person should not try to continue to be active till the last day. The word 'retirement', he said, has to be retired. A retired person should look at this phase of his life as the most precious period in his or her life, which one arrives at after a long process of preparation. It should not be the time of ‘switching off' or 'packing up' as the term 'retirement' implies, rather it is a period of giving full swing creative power to the society.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus received the prestigious Equitas Award for Human Rights on May 28 in Montreal Canada. The Chair of Equitas Board, Director in Residence at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, Melissa Sonberg, presented the Award for Human Rights to Prof. Yunus. “We are delighted that Prof. Yunus has finally made it to Montreal to accept our Award in person”, she said. The award was made to Professor Yunus in 2011, but he has only been able to collect it this month in Montreal.
“The work of social change is never easy. It requires intelligence, imagination, passion and commitment – qualities which Prof. Yunus possesses in spades as well as many more”, Sonberg adds.