Seven out of ten married women in Bangladesh experience some form of intimate partner violence in their lifetime. Source: Report on Violence Against Women Survey 2015, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics

 

Gender-based violence is a phenomenon deeply rooted in gender inequality and continues to be one of the most notable human rights violations within all societies. Patriarchy and structural factors at multiple levels within our societies, prevent women and girls from gaining access to equal opportunities and realising their dreams. Both women and men experience gender-based violence but the majority of victims are women and girls. Working with men and boys is part of the solution to bring about gender transformative change in our society.

BRAC works to mainstream gender by transforming socio-cultural gender norms, building capacity of staff and stakeholders, creating a supportive working environment, advocating for gender equality and gender justice at the national level. Our integrated gender transformative approach strengthens the voice, choice and space for women and girls to combat violence and eliminate all forms of gender discrimination.

IMPACT

 
 
  • The challenge for BRAC is to sustain the gains made in gender equality while also tackling other inequalities; as the lives and work of women in poor households in Bangladesh are shaped not only by patriarchal gender norms but also by class interests, corporate practices and economic policies.
    Martha Chen
    International Coordinator of the WIEGO Network and Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, USA
  • The approach facilitates locally-led problem solving and adaptation to addressing discriminatory gender norms. It starts with problems or issues rather than ready-made solutions, lending itself well to contemporary calls for approaches to development that prioritize learning and adaptation.
    Professor Naila Kabeer
    London School of Economics, UK

WHAT WE DO

 
 
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End violence against women and children

Work with sectoral programmes (like health, education, microfinance, skills) and enterprises (BRAC Dairy and Food Product, Aarong, Ayesha Abed Foundation) in addressing gender based violence and influence policies for social change
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Challenge discriminatory social norms

Engage with men and boys to reduce violence against women, to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality
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Increase women’s participation in paid work and public domain

Reduce and prevent violence and sexual harassment in workplaces and public spheres
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Ensure workplace safety and equality

Establish a conducive legal and regulatory environment to promote women’s active participation
 

HOW WE DO IT

 
 
Gender-mainstreaming

Gender mainstreaming within BRAC

Ensure a strong gender perspective at every stage of the programme life cycle; initiate action learning projects that address gender issues that can be upscaled and replicated.
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Strengthen organisational systems and culture

Provide tailor-made gender training to staff; strengthen gender-responsive organisational policies, procedures and systems; , facilitate implementation of Sexual Harassment Elimination Policy; promote women’s leadership and ensure gender responsive field offices.
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Monitoring systems and knowledge management

Work to establish gender responsive robust monitoring system and knowledge management for capturing results and lessons learned for wider dissemination for programmatic change
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Policy advocacy and partnership

Influence gender-related policies through regular, collaborative initiatives with government, non-government organisations, networks and alliances.
 
 
 
 

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