Drishtipat is a global network and
a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to improve human
rights and social justice for Bangladeshis at home and
the Bangladeshi community in the United States. Drishtipat
is non-partisan, non-profit, and non-hierarchical in
its structure and mission. The DC chapter currently
focuses on four main areas, listed below in no particular
order of priority:
1) Raising awareness about Bangladeshi culture
and history: Drishtipat DC supports events
that raise awareness of Bangladeshi culture and history
and its contributions to the wider world. The Ekattur-er
Golpo initiative of Drishtipat, in particular, promotes
awareness about Bangladesh's history among children
and youth living in the DC area.
2) Informing the policy making process:
Drishtipat DC will work with policy makers and members
of the Bangladeshi and Bangladeshi-American community
to address policy issues of importance to Bangladesh
such as textile exports, water quality, natural gas,
and the voting rights of expatriates.
3) Raising awareness about domestic violence:
Recent research by International Center for Diarrhoeal
Disease Research-Bangladesh (ICDR-B) indicates that
between 50 and 60 percent of Bangladeshi women experience
some form of domestic violence. Drishtipat DC works
to raise awareness about domestic violence and assist
organizations that provide support to survivors.
4) Ensuring immigrant rights: Currently,
there are an estimated half million Bangladeshis and
Bangladeshi-Americans in the Unites States. Drishtipat
DC works to protect the civil liberties of immigrants
and ensure equal treatment under the law regardless
of race, religion and/or national origin.
In addition to these four areas, Drishtipat DC addresses
other pressing issues as they emerge. It supports
initiatives of other Drishtipat chapters, as well
as, members' personal initiatives to contribute to
socioeconomic development in Bangladesh.