B-SCAN Annual Report of July 2021 – June 2022

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Bangladesh Society for the Change and Advocacy Nexus (B-SCAN) is a voluntary organization run by women with disabilities. It works towards promoting inclusive education, accessible transport, and universal accessibility for persons with disabilities. B-SCAN also advocates with government and non-government organizations to establish the rights of citizens with disabilities.

Some of the mentionable accomplishments of B-SCAN include ensuring accessibility through advocacy in Dhaka North City Corporation and Dhaka South City Corporation, the Department of Women Affairs, the National Museum, and the University of Dhaka areas. In addition to these efforts, B-SCAN also works to economically empower persons with disabilities, especially women, and help them establish themselves in society with dignity. The organization does this by conducting various activities, including internships for employment, entrepreneurship training, and interest-free loans.

B-SCAN is a founding member of the National Network of Persons with Disabilities Protibondhi Nagorik Shongothoner Parishad (PNSP). It was founded in 2009 and registered with Joint Stock and Firms in 2014.

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Accessibility Audit Report 2018

The report on “Study on Situation of Access to the Infrastructures of Public Service Institutions for Persons with Disabilities to  understand the existing situation of different public transportation, public places, government services infrastructures, public infrastructures and service systems which need to be adapted and made accessible for all persons with disabilities, especially the women with disabilities.This study was conducted by B-SCAN under the project of Girls Advocacy Alliance of Plan International Bangladesh. 

Accessibility Audit 2014

In June, 2014 Bangladesh Society for the Change and Advocacy Nexus (B-SCAN) had taken a step to perform an audit of the government public buildings and places for persons with disabilities. This was for the first time in Bangladesh an accessibility audit has been conducted by a team comprising different types of persons with disabilities, architect and civil engineer. This audit was done with the technical support of five Disabled People’s Organizations (DPO) and NGOs and the financial support of WaterAid Bangladesh in 20 building and places in Dhaka and Chittagong within 2 months in total.

Meeting with the Chief Engineer of Dhaka North City Corporation

B-SCAN had a meeting with the Chief Engineer Brig. Gen. Mr. Sayeed Anwarul Islam of Dhaka North City Corporation at his office on 4 April, 2017. We have submitted our recommendations to make the footpath usable for persons with disabilities. Especially for persons with visual disability, we have provided some materials on Tactile tiles so that they could use it properly.

During the meeting Chief Engineer admitted that they have put wrong tiles at some footpaths as they didnt know about it before. But from now new constructions will use the proper tactiles. He was very cordial to listen to our recommendations. Superintend Engineer Md. Mr. Sharif Uddin was also present at the meeting.

Bangladeshi blogger secures 2nd position in Bobs

Bangladeshi blogger Sabrina Sultana has secured second position in the Best Blog category in blog searching contest of German news broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

The position was elected both by internet users and the judges.

Overtaking Subrina, the blog ‘A Tunisian Girl’ has won the seventh annual Deutsche Welle Blog Award for blogging about repression and censorship in her country.

The BOBs, the Deutsche Welle announced awards in six multilingual categories on Tuesday and it will be handed over at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany on June 20, says a press release.

Although no Bengali blog got the jury award, internet users elected Bangladesh’s Ami Rahman Pial’s blog in the Best Social Activism category and Arif Jebtik’s blog in the Best Bengali Blog category.

Lina Ben Mhenni, a 27-year-old assistant professor at the University of Tunis (http://atunisiangirl.blogspot.com) won the award for blogging about repression and censorship in her country since 2007, long before a popular uprising unseated former president Ben Ali, the release says.

Facebook group ‘We are Khaled Said’ (www.facebook.com/EIShaheeeed) took the award for Best Social Activism Campaign while Bahrain website ‘Migrant Rights in the Middle East’ (www.migrant-rights.org) the Special Topic Human Rights Award.

The Best Video Channel Award went to ‘Iranian Stand with Fist’ (www.youtube.com/user/standswithfist60) while Russian website ‘Rospil’ (http://rospil.info) won an award for the Best Use of Technology for Social Good category.

The 2011 Reporter without Borders Prize went to the blog ‘Ciudad Juárez, en la sombra del narcotráfico” (http://juarezenlasombra.blogspot.com) by Judith Torrea, said the press release.


Internet users around the world suggested some 2,100 sites in 11 languages to the contest this year, but the jury trimmed the list down to 187 finalists, the release says.

In addition to the jury’s decisions, more than 90,000 ballots were cast in an online vote for the contest’s 17 user prizes – one in each of the six multilingual categories as well as one for the best blog in each of The BOBs 11 languages.

In the Best Blog/English category, internet users chose “Rantings of a Sandmonkey” (www.sandmonkey.org/) as the winner.

A list of all the prize winners can be seen online at: http://thebobs.dw-world.de/en/winner, said the release.


Source: 13, April, 2011, Bdnews24