Nearly half the population of Bangladesh is denied equal rights due to exclusion, violence and discrimination.

 

Community empowerment is only possible when everyone’s voices are heard. Women’s voices, particularly those living in poverty, are unheard. They often have the least power in communities, usually not knowing their rights or how to realise them, meaning potentiality of half the population is not realised.

Providing people, especially women living in poverty, with the tools to claim entitlements, develop leadership and take collective action through community-level organisations. In parallel, equipping local governments with the tools to be more accountable and responsive to the needs of people, creating violence-free enabling environments for women through realising their potential, and increasing access to information and services.

IMPACT

 
 
  • The members of polli shomaj are all examples of strong women, and they show others in Bangladesh and also around the world what can be achieved when you work together. The world will change and you are at the heart of that change.
    Annete D'Oyly
    Programme Manager and Innovation Adviser. UK Aid

WHAT WE DO

 
 
 
 

HOW WE DO IT

 
 
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Polli shomaj

Community-level forums through which people living in poverty can raise their voices and exercise their rights.
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Popular theatre

Spoken word for social change, delivered through one of the world’s largest popular theatre networks.
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Community radio

Reaching 400,000 people, Pollikontho 99.2 FM is an international award-winning channel sharing social messages.
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Animators

Self-motivated volunteers of young people and community leaders to facilitate community agenda in local government.
 
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Psychosocial support

Psychological first aid and counselling support for women and families exposed to violence.
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Enabling environments

Engage men and boys to prevent violence against women and children.
 

WHY IT WORKS

 
 
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Vibrant women leaders

Support women to take control of their lives as well as play active civic role in the public sphere.
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Storytelling at scale

Nurturing the tradition of storytelling to raise awareness, attracting millions to watch popular theatre shows and listen to community radio.
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Database of gender-based violence

Collecting reports of violence from all over the country to provide support services to survivors and mobilise communities to prevent violence.
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Peace and social cohesion

Empowering women to build social cohesion.
 
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Community-led approach

Promoting meaningful community linkage with local institutions to enhance development initiatives.
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Engaging men and boys

Increasing the participation of men and boys in preventing violence against women.
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Psychological first aid provision

Primary mental health support for women and children exposed to violence.
 

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