The Diana Award was established in memory of Princess Diana in 1999. It is regarded as the most prestigious accolade young individuals can receive for their social and humanitarian work. With a vision to empower the youth, it celebrates individuals from different countries for their notable contributions to society. The Diana Award is given out by the charity of the same name and is supported by Princess Diana’s sons, The Duke of Cambridge Prince William and The Duke of Sussex Prince Harry.
Six young changemakers from Bangladesh – 1. Sakia Haque, 2. Sabira Mehrin, 3. Sheikh Inzamamuzzaman, 4. Muhammad Jahirul Islam, 5. Rafiul Haque Anter and 6. Shah Rafayat Chowdhury – brought Bangladesh to the forefront when “The Diana Award” this year decided to reward their social and humanitarian work. The Bangladeshi recipients were conferred with the award on July 1, 2020, via a virtual ceremony.
Let’s have a glimpse at our 2nd youngster’s works, achievements, and journey.
- Sabira Mehrin – Founder of Wander Woman
In 2017, Sabira Mehrin, an IBA graduate, founded the inclusive society named “Wander Woman” to bring the female travelers of Bangladesh under one umbrella. Being a travel enthusiast herself, she recognized how difficult it is for a woman to break the stigma against women traveling in Bangladesh. The lack of information and assistance makes it more difficult for women to execute their trips within budgets. “Wander Woman” is a platform that motivates women to step outside of their comfort zones and travel the world at an accessible cost.
In September 2017, Sabira started the community as a Facebook group with only 200 members, and the numbers gained a thousand overnight. The first outing was a day tour outside Dhaka with 100 women. As the community has evolved in size, Wander Women now arranges both home and global trips for women at accessible rates. “Wander Women” is the first traveling platform to propose such facilities, which has made traveling more attainable for women from all walks of life. The platform also encourages female entrepreneurs through “Wander Ventures”, under which the organization regularly arranges events and seminars.
This year, the online community had programs to initiate lessons for women on swimming, driving, riding scooty, etc. However, these plans have been hampered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
– Farhana Yasmin / Intern-YSSE