The community and market is largely male dominated and the lack of female participation has resulted in the issue of safety and security (for women) as a prerequisite being completely overlooked by the community. In Bangladesh, nutrition and SRH care are interlinked problems: poor food intake causes malnourishment, which leads to poor health and poor SRH perpetuates the intergenerational cycle of undernourishment. One of the key factors leading to (women’s) intake of poor nutritional food at home, poor reproductive, maternal and sexual health stems from lack of life skills (on SRH). Furthermore Women face many internal and external barriers that hinder their access and ability to participate in the market.
To break this cycle, interventions are needed for improving access to nutritious food, access to quality SRH care, access to women-friendly markets and freedom for women to decide over their bodies and lives. ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB) has decided to work with women agro-entrepreneurs, government institutions including private sector organizations responsible for service delivery, school-based adolescent boys & girls as well as market committees.
1- To bring sustainable and systemic changes in existing market behavior that will enable women to perform in the agri-value chain
2- To improve the capacity of targeted women for entrepreneurship, competitiveness, increased productivity and profitability
3- To improve SRHR and nutrition situation of targeted women entrepreneurs and their family members with a focus to SRHR sensitive wider community