‘Moner Bondhu’ wins UN Women Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards

Published : 18 Nov 2021 10:28 PM

Moner Bondhu, a mental health care platform, won the UN Women 2021 Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards in the Youth Leadership category for their remarkable stories of business resilience, innovation and commitment to improve a range of gender issues. 

Moner Bondhu is chosen in the Youth Leadership category following critical screening and evaluation of more than 700 applications from 20 countries. 

The UN Women Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards (2021) hosted an award giving ceremony virtually where Tawhida Shiropa, founder & CEO of Moner Bondhu, received the award on November 18.

The UN Women Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards is the first award initiative in the region to recognize exemplary business practice for gender equality aligned to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs).  This is the first time an organization from Bangladesh has won this prestigious award.

In her reaction, Tawhida Shiropa said, “I strongly believe in equality and equality means impactful business. Being a young leader, I always pursue a strong focus on intergenerational and youth engagement to advance gender equality. This award is the outcome. This is an achievement not only for Moner Bondhu, but also for Bangladesh.” 

Moner Bondhu is a mental healthcare and wellbeing platform in Bangladesh working since 2016 towards SDG 3.4 to provide accessible and affordable mental healthcare to all. With their experienced and certified psycho-social experts, advocates and mental health workers, they have provided in-person and online counseling services to 31,000 clients, reached 12,00,000 people through workshops, training, awareness-based campaigns and served 40,00,000 people online for the past 5 years.