Introduction

ActionAid Bangladesh is working to combat against gender-based violence awareness about women sexual reproductive health rights. Women’s empowerment is key to the social, cultural and economic freedom of all citizens. Our engagement focuses on empowering women to fight for their rights. We will advocate for implementation of feminist policies to combat the injustice and inequality created by visible and invisible power structures in society.
Core Areas Include:

  • Sexual reproductive health rights and combat against gender-based violence
  • Women’s socio economic empowerment and unpaid care work
  • Promoting safety and security for women and girls in urban spaces

Background

Action Aid will advocate for implementation of feminist policies to combat the injustice and inequality created by visible and invisible power structures in society. In doing so we will prioritise and address issues on reducing violence, increased safety and security in urban spaces, economic empowerment and unpaid care work.

Women’s empowerment is key to the social, cultural and economic freedom of all citizens. ActionAid Bangladesh is working to combat against gender-based violence awareness about women’s sexual reproductive health rights. Our focuses on empowering women to fight for their rights.

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I have a target of ZERO achievement

1981 was the year which officially marked the birth of a pandemic called HIV/AIDS.
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Rising to end VAW

Expressing solidarity with the global campaign ‘One Billion Rising’ to end violence against women and children, Bangladesh observed the day on 14 February 2019. Bangladesh Association for Community Education (BACE) and NDBAS in association with ActionAid Bangladesh organized campaigns at Madarganj and Kalyanpur area where hundreds of women and children took part to raise their voice against VAW and child marriage.
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Share to Care

‘Share to Care’ is a fundraising event for Happy Home girls. Every year, ActionAid Bangladesh arranges this very special event to seek the attention of people to donate for Happy Home, a centre for deprived and vulnerable adolescent girls in Dhaka city, for their better future.
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SRHR and Nutrition Collaboration Fair

ActionAid Bangladesh is going to organize “SRHR and Nutrition Collaboration Fair” to strengthen the relationship of like-minded organizations including NGOs and private sectors and SRHR and nutrition professionals which will contribute to the wellbeing of women and girls related to SRHR and nutritional demand.
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Women Shackled by Words

“Words have been formed against the women; it has been made gender-based. Words cannot be gender-based", said Khushi Kabir, women activist at the event titled 'Women Shackled by Words' organised by ActionAid Bangladesh at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy to observe International Women’s Day, 2019. On this occasion, AAB shared its research finding report ‘Safe Cities for Women’, which said, 88 percent of Bangladeshi women face abusive words outside the home.
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Three-Day SAARC Regional Expert Consultation

Taking part in the SAARC Regional Expert Consultation from 9 to 11 June 2019, Laizu begum shared her learning on doing Climate Resilient Sustainable Agriculture Practice (CRSA) and challenges of getting access to the market.
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Rising to end VAW

Expressing solidarity with the global campaign ‘One Billion Rising’ to end violence against women and children, Bangladesh observed the day on 14 February 2019. Bangladesh Association for Community Education (BACE) and NDBAS in association with ActionAid Bangladesh organized campaigns at Madarganj and Kalyanpur area where hundreds of women and children took part to raise their voice against VAW and child marriage.
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Women Shackled by Words

“Words have been formed against the women; it has been made gender-based. Words cannot be gender-based", said Khushi Kabir, women activist at the event titled 'Women Shackled by Words' organised by ActionAid Bangladesh at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy to observe International Women’s Day, 2019. On this occasion, AAB shared its research finding report ‘Safe Cities for Women’, which said, 88 percent of Bangladeshi women face abusive words outside the home.
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news

Three-Day SAARC Regional Expert Consultation

Taking part in the SAARC Regional Expert Consultation from 9 to 11 June 2019, Laizu begum shared her learning on doing Climate Resilient Sustainable Agriculture Practice (CRSA) and challenges of getting access to the market.
Read More

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Menstrual Hygiene: Break the Taboo

Breaking the silence of social taboo, young girls and boys of Chanpara Community observed the International menstrual hygiene day 2019 with several activities to spread awareness among the people.
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Share to Care

On this May 2019, for the second time, ActionAid Bangladesh organized ‘Share to Care’, an event to raise fund for our Happy Home girls as well as strengthening bonding with our supporters and spread the goodwill of the initiative.
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For Women Friendly Safe Workplace in the World of Work

This year, we introduced our national campaign on ‘Gender based Violence at the Workplace’ to address and challenge sexual & gender-based violence and harassment in both formal and informal sectors. Through this campaign, AAB aims to ensure passing and implementing appropriate laws and ensuring that no industries, sectors or corporations are exempted from national labour and women's rights laws and standards.
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Share to Care

‘Share to Care’ is a fundraising event for Happy Home girls. Every year, ActionAid Bangladesh arranges this very special event to seek the attention of people to donate for Happy Home, a centre for deprived and vulnerable adolescent girls in Dhaka city, for their better future.
Read More

event

SRHR and Nutrition Collaboration Fair

ActionAid Bangladesh is going to organize “SRHR and Nutrition Collaboration Fair” to strengthen the relationship of like-minded organizations including NGOs and private sectors and SRHR and nutrition professionals which will contribute to the wellbeing of women and girls related to SRHR and nutritional demand.
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Survivors’ Runway: Event outline ActionAid UK Fashion show event – October 2017

Building on the success of the ActionAid Bangladesh Fashion Show “Beauty Redefined”, which secured global media coverage and had an enormous visual and emotional impact, ActionAid UK is planning to adapt the event to inspire a UK audience. On the eve of the UN Day of the Girl Child, we will hold the “Survivors Runway” - a solidarity event with women and girls affected by acid attacks, to raise awareness of ActionAid’s work to end violence against women and girls around the world.
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I have a target of ZERO achievement

1981 was the year which officially marked the birth of a pandemic called HIV/AIDS.
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16 Days of Activism coming up

Violence against women and girl is a severe human rights abuse that continues to take place on a daily base all over the word, also in Bangladesh.With interactive theatre performances in different parts of Dhaka, youth happenings, discussion fora, media training and a robust social media presence using #SafeCities, #SafeCitiesBecause and #16DaysofActivism, we call on ending violence against women during this year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign.
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Who should get the money: wealthy companies or women trying to make their cities safe from violence?

From an early age, I experienced some of the problems of women’s mobility in the city myself. Whether a woman or girl is working outdoors or a homemaker, educated or empowered, the situation is broadly the same. We often must begin the day thinking about how to dress in order to be safe, and then where to sit, dawn or dusk, to use public transport or not, and so many other issues (that amount to personal defence) just in order to move within our own communities. This is not freedom to access our cities.
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Not a Safe City for Women

As a woman living in Dhaka, one who doesn’t own a car and needs to use public transport services, I must tell you this. Commuting to and back from work is hell. It’s a war; and I do not say this because I have to travel a really long distance, which frankly, I don’t. It’s only about 11 km. It’s also not the fact that there is no direct transportation service from my home to my workplace, that I have to take 4 different vehicles (3 rikshas and 1 bus) and then walk the last part of the distance.
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Role Models- Both On And Off The Pitch

Women have recently contributed significantly to Bangladesh’s international sports scenario and achievements but it is no secret that their paths to such achievements are much harder in comparison to the path men have to follow. This is due to the patriarchal practices in the society and insufficient allocation of resources into the field of women sports. It is time though, to take giant strides in the field of women sports and benefit from all the other aspects of women rights it enhances. The Chanpara girls can be major vehicles of change, as suggested by the huge success of the Friendly match, and can inspire other women to transform their lives in the way they have done for themselves.
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Not a Safe City for Women

As a woman living in Dhaka, one who doesn’t own a car and needs to use public transport services, I must tell you this. Commuting to and back from work is hell. It’s a war; and I do not say this because I have to travel a really long distance, which frankly, I don’t.
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সহজপাঠঃ যৌন ও প্রজনন স্বাস্থ্য এবং অধিকার

বাংলাদেশের সামাজিক প্রেক্ষাপটে যৌন ও প্রজনন স্বাস্থ্য, কিশোর-কিশোরীদের বয়ঃসন্ধিকালীন পরিবর্তন নিয়ে জনসচেতনতার অভাব রয়েছে এখনও। এই হ্যান্ডবুকে এসকল বিষয়ের পাশাপাশি রয়েছে যৌন নিপীড়ন ও নির্যাতন, যৌন স্বাস্থ্য বিষয়ক রোগসমূহ, পরিবার পরিকল্পনাসহ নানা বিষয়ক তথ্য।
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Spotlight on Violence Against Women in Bangladesh Trends and Solutions

National data on Violence Against Women (VAW) has shown that women in Bangladesh still suffer from chronic abuse, torture and violence in their homes. In this report, JNNPF, a coalition of local, grassroots VAW prevention advocacy and victim support organisations, has compiled district level data to assess the overall situation regarding VAW in Bangladesh. The report has commissioned by ActionAid Bangladesh.
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যৌন হয়রানি প্রতিরোধের সহজপাঠ

২০০৯ সালের সুপ্রিমকোর্টের হাইকোর্ট ডিভিশনের নির্দেশনায় বলা হয়, যৌন হয়রানি প্রতিরোধে কার্যকর পদক্ষেপ গ্রহণ করা কর্মক্ষেত্র এবং শিক্ষা প্রতিষ্ঠানের দায়িত্ব। কিন্তু নির্দেশনা প্রণয়নের দীর্ঘ নয় বছর পরেও কর্মক্ষেত্র এবং শিক্ষাপ্রতিষ্ঠানগুলোতে কার্যকর কোন ব্যবস্থা বা কৌশল নিতে দেখা যায় না। যৌন হয়রানি প্রতিরোধের এই সহজপাঠে তুলে ধরা হয়েছে যৌন হয়রানির সংজ্ঞা, আইন ও শাস্তিসহ এই বিষয়ে সচেতনতা সৃষ্টিতে প্রয়োজনীয় তথ্যসমূহ।
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সামাজিক ও স্বাস্থ্য সচেতনতা বিষয়ক ফ্লিপচার্ট

সমমর্যাদাপূর্ণ বিশ্ব প্রতিষ্ঠায় এবং নারীর প্রতি সহিংসতা প্রতিরোধে কিশোর-কিশোরীদের যৌন ও প্রজনন স্বাস্থ্যসেবা সম্পর্কিত তথ্য প্রদান আজ সময়ের দাবি। তাই কিশোর-কিশোরীদের যৌন ও প্রজনন স্বাস্থ্য বিষয়ক জ্ঞান, ধারণা ও চর্চা বৃদ্ধির উদ্দ্যেশেই এই ফ্লিপচার্ট।
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Freedom to Move

The report details women’s experience of urban public transport in Bangladesh, Brazil and Nigeria, and how lost tax revenues can pay to improve it.
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Women’s Resilience Index (WRI) – Bangladesh Toolkit

The Women’s Resilience Index (WRI) is a tool through which resilience of a community is measured from women’s perspective. The objective of the index is to help make informed development intervention that has benefits across economic, infrastructural, social and institutional sectors.
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PROJECTS

Gender Based Violence

CategoryDetailsName Of The InitiativeGender Based ViolenceVillages ReachedCox’s BazarAllied OrganisationUNICEFDistricts ReachedCox’s BazarWorking together since2015Vulnerable Groups ReachedWomen and adolescent girlsDivisionChattogramFocus Areas Of Intervention:To promote safety and wellbeing of women The campaigns against gender based violence are largely focused on making women more aware to prevent violent situations…
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Gender Based Violence

The campaigns against gender based violence are largely focused on making women more aware…

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She Can

The project aims to raise awareness of the basic right of women and girls…

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ChanPara Clinic

This is a primary health care clinic in association with the community based healthcare…

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Gender Based Violence

The campaigns against gender based violence are largely focused on making women more aware…

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She Can

The project aims to raise awareness of the basic right of women and girls…

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ChanPara Clinic

This is a primary health care clinic in association with the community based healthcare…

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She Can

The project aims to raise awareness of the basic right of women and girls…

Happy Homes

ActionAid provides a safe shelter and support for 150 girls. They work to give the girls shelter, improved health, and their well-being through providing education and recreation. The girls are also provided with vocational training for a secured future. The ‘Happy Home’ initiative has been working with various government agencies…

CAMPAIGNS

  • Dealing with VAW: real step not in sight yet
  • Empowering Sports Women: A Celebration of FIFA World Cup 2018
  • Safe City

Dealing with VAW: real step not in sight yet

We are reminded more often than desirable that social attitude and behaviour is difficult…
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Empowering Sports Women: A Celebration of FIFA World Cup 2018

Young people of Chanpara slum are very active in community work and take part…
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Safe City

ActionAid Bangladesh has been working towards empowering women and ending sexual violence against women…
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POWER

This project works with women to help empower them within their households and the community including a contribution to decision making. This is achieved by training them about their rights, and sustainable money generating activities such as climate resilient agriculture. This project also works with families to help reduce women’s…

NETWORKS

Under Networks, we have Stop Violence Against Women Network, Shetu Bondhon Gori, Women’s Collective Network, Sex Workers Network. Women rights and Gender Equity works at 6 tiers and one of them is Networks.