One Young World – Kashfia Rahman

My name is Kashfia Rahman- I’m a Bangladeshi.

I came upon a facebook page called One Young World by mere chance. I became ecstatic with the various possibilities a summit of this magnitude can have on youths of our country and the world.

I am in my last year studying Marketing and Human Resource Management. I have always considered myself to be one of many. I am not a special person with unique attributes that people can admire.

I am an average person with simple needs, who cares for her community, for the women and children of her country. As the former member of North South Social Service Club, I have participated in various programs. I have worked with members of the Quantum foundation and helped them organize the Blood Donation drive. I have helped raise funds for relief during natural calamities such as cyclone Sidr and Aila. I have helped a private organization’s venture by providing homeless people with winter clothes. I have volunteered in the Human Trafficking Awareness program and have written a research paper on the women and children trafficking in Bangladesh and their rehabilitation.

I am very grateful to be chosen as an OYW delegate and to have the chance to represent my country. I believe that youth of today’s world does not need special qualities to become a leader. With passion, dedication and motivation to strive for the best anything can be achieved. I came across a girl who needs to take at least 60 pills and 15 injections for different complications due to an autoimmune disease. She has never lost hope; instead she has been fighting the disease and continues to study in one of my most prestigious universities of our country. This kind of faith is what makes youths of our time so strong.

I plan to portray the essence of Bangladesh at the OYW Summit. I hope to make as many friends as possible with our future world leaders and bring every single country from different cultures under one platform and form a new family- A One Young World.

15 Responses to “One Young World – Kashfia Rahman”

  1. February 2, 2010 at 23:15

    I’ve known Kashifa for quite some time now and can say that she’s far too modest. I’m proud to have her represent my country and know that she’ll do a great job!

  2. 3 Guillermo
    February 2, 2010 at 23:55

    Kashfia, Bangladesh in the press world is synonimus of disaster. It seems that only when a natural disaster occurs the country is news. Your point of view is the reverse of all of this. I think that young people with education can change the negative views of the world. It seems that the job is big. Big enough but easy when young women like you have the will of changing the status quo that merges in this days. ¿Do you think that it was a coincidence that you were chosen because you were looking something in the web? I think that you were chosen because you will have much to do for your country. Congratulations and I hope that you will go forward always.

    • 4 rahman kashfia
      February 3, 2010 at 19:07

      Dear Sir,

      Thanks a lot for the warm encouragement and the wonderful words. Bangladesh is indeed only seen as a country plagued with political corruption, economic competition, major overpopulation, widespread poverty and in serious danger of being effected from climate change. We are mostly on the world news when something bad happens. Our press fails to potray our rich culture, heritage and history to the world. We have very little demands and our people are called the happiest people on earth, something that cannot be measured with GDP. Although we are a LDC, we are also taken as the Next Eleven emerging economy. These are some of the facts that most people in the world is unaware of. I hope I can bring out this part of Bangladesh and potray it to OYW.

  3. 5 J. A. Lawan
    February 3, 2010 at 07:22

    Nigeria my country especially and the world at large would be a better place if young people can rise to the occasion – to fight injustice, corruption, and other vices perpetrated by so-called elderstates men. I support 100% the One Young World Summit.

    • 6 rahman kashfia
      February 3, 2010 at 19:13

      Dear J.A. Lawan,

      Thank you so much for your comment and for supporting OYW. Nigeria is definitely prospering rapidly being the fastest growing economy till date. The youth of today’s world are more empowered than ever thanks to web 2.0 and social media. The future will definitely be even brighter for Nigeria.

  4. 7 Jaime Saldarriaga
    February 3, 2010 at 15:13

    Kashfia, I admire your care for your community.

    • 8 rahman kashfia
      February 3, 2010 at 19:16

      Dear Jaima,

      Thank you so much. I’m only doing my part as a citizen and there are still so much more to do. I want Bangladesh’s global impression to change and be noted with pride.

  5. 9 Vijay Pillai
    February 4, 2010 at 06:26

    You have already clocked impressive cv and your modesty mean you still have burning desire to see your community’s quality of life improved in years to come.As some one rubbed shoulders with the first woman PM of world more than 3 decades ago while she was in power,i would say that your talent is well spotted and good luck to you in the future.

    • 10 rahman kashfia
      February 4, 2010 at 10:02

      Sir thank you so much for such encouraging words. I do not whether I am worthy of such praises but I will try my very best and give my full effort in every endeveour.

  6. 11 Karl
    February 4, 2010 at 12:05

    I am truly amazed when people do simple acts to help other people. I live by the philosophy that one does not have to help through one grand act but it is by doing simple acts of kindness that creates a greater impact .

    • 12 rahman kashfia
      February 4, 2010 at 16:12

      Thanks Karl!! I ‘ Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” `Hebbel. I think you have that very quality.

  7. 13 tasmia choudhury
    February 5, 2010 at 13:15

    I have worked with Kashfia in the same group and had been a big fan of her since then. She has those dorky glasses and dresses up in the “I don’t care manner” but trust me she is anything but a nerd. She has a dream and an extreme amount of talent and determination to fulfill it. She is very focused about what she wants in life and the of the most interesting conversationalist I’ve met in my life. All I can say that Kashfia all the best buddy, show the world what you’ve got and represent our country as not what people assume it to be. 😀 😀

    with best regards

    p.s. This is “not’ a reminder of the bag I want. 😛
    Me and tahsin misses hanging out with u.

  8. February 9, 2010 at 00:19

    Hi Kashfia! We just met tonight at the opening ceremony and what do you know, I find you on a google search for “One Young World news” ! It was a pleasure to meet you and I am so excited about the coming days and impact we delegates will have in the years to come! Cat

  9. February 13, 2010 at 20:19

    Well, first of all hats off for Kashfia [ i just saw it in BBC world and amazed] , the way she represented the need for action on climate change which is continuously unheeded by the developed world. I hope that through this conference the whole young world shared their view which will be helpful when some of them take the leadership position in the world, and Kashfia i like your spirit very much especially the prevalent example that you mentioned about a girl from your university, I wish you complete your under-graduation successfully and be a part of Harvard Business School[HBS] one day coz they want a leader like you.

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