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.
people living in poverty, most of who are women, accessed different social safety net services.
members of our women-led grassroots organisations (polli shomaj) have contested in local government elections since 2002, and 2,903 of them have been elected into seats.
violent acts, such as child marriage, dowry and domestic violence, mostly against women and children, have been prevented.
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.
WHAT WE DO
Building community institutions
Strengthening women-led community based organisations to uphold voices and realise their rights.
Strengthening local governance
Promoting pro-poor, responsive and accountable governance through a community-led development approach.
Increasing access to information
Creating sustainable impact as institutions become more accountable and pro poor through ensuring access of community people to information.
Awareness for prevention and action to address violence, particularly against women and children.
HOW WE DO IT
Community-level forums through which people living in poverty can raise their voices and exercise their rights.
Spoken word for social change, delivered through one of the world’s largest popular theatre networks.
Self-motivated volunteers of young people and community leaders to facilitate community agenda in local government.
Psychological first aid and counselling support for women and families exposed to violence.
Engage men and boys to prevent violence against women and children.
WHY IT WORKS
Vibrant women leaders
Support women to take control of their lives as well as play active civic role in the public sphere.
Storytelling at scale
Nurturing the tradition of storytelling to raise awareness, attracting millions to watch popular theatre shows and listen to community radio.
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.
Peace and social cohesion
Empowering women to build social cohesion.
Promoting meaningful community linkage with local institutions to enhance development initiatives.
Engaging men and boys
Increasing the participation of men and boys in preventing violence against women.
Psychological first aid provision
Primary mental health support for women and children exposed to violence.