02 March 2011, Dhaka. BRAC Community Empowerment and Strengthening Local Institutions Programme (CESLI) has been awarded a contract from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to implement a project titled “Joint Programme on Gender Based Violence”. The project aims to improve the overall gender based violence situation, particularly violence against women, through a comprehensive set of activities involving awareness raising and capacity building, developing networks and partnerships, policy advocacy, survivor support and establishing a database on violence against women. This is a 2 year project to be implemented in 6 districts of Bangladesh (Feni, Habiganj, Narshingdi, Sirajganj, Satkhira, Barguna) covering 41 upazilas and 388 union parishads.
Key activities of the project include -
- Capacity strengthening and sensitization of 5,000 officials and members from local administration, union parishads and upazilla levels to support, advise and guide the poor and vulnerable women against violence
- Capacity strengthening and sensitization of nearly 25,000 rural poor women and nearly 5,000 members of different forums created by UNDP and the government of Bangladesh to speak out against all kinds of violence and violation of human rights
- Activating and capacitating the District Legal Aid Committee (DLAC) and relevant standing committees of union parishad
- Establishing a credible, district level database on violence against women and build capacity of the local administration to maintain this database
- Advocacy and advisory support on violence against women issues at local, regional and national Levels
- Social and economic rehabilitation and reintegration of violence survivors
- Supporting in establishing network with existing union parishad standing committee, Women Development Forum, local human rights organisations, Bangladesh Union Parishad Forum’s district and central committees in creating stronger local platforms against gender based violence.
The “Joint Programme on Gender Based Violence" will be implemented within the ambit of two existing UNDP projects, BRAC and Bangladesh government’s Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (MLGRD&C). Besides these strategic partners, the intervention will embrace other human rights support organisations operational in the project area.