Introduction

ActionAid Bangladesh is working to combat against gender-based violence awareness about women sexual reproductive health rights. Women’s empowerment is key to the social, cultural and economic freedom of all citizens. Our engagement focuses on empowering women to fight for their rights. We will advocate for implementation of feminist policies to combat the injustice and inequality created by visible and invisible power structures in society.
Core Areas Include:

  • Sexual reproductive health rights and combat against gender-based violence
  • Women’s socio economic empowerment and unpaid care work
  • Promoting safety and security for women and girls in urban spaces

Background

Action Aid will advocate for implementation of feminist policies to combat the injustice and inequality created by visible and invisible power structures in society. In doing so we will prioritise and address issues on reducing violence, increased safety and security in urban spaces, economic empowerment and unpaid care work.

Women’s empowerment is key to the social, cultural and economic freedom of all citizens. ActionAid Bangladesh is working to combat against gender-based violence awareness about women’s sexual reproductive health rights. Our focuses on empowering women to fight for their rights.

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Publications

Market Transformation for Women

Women play a central role in agriculture. Rural women throughout Bangladesh make critical contributions to household production and consequently to household and national food security. The specific nature of their contribution vary, for instance women’s participation in economic activities differ considerably according to the type of activity and the place of residence. Traditionally women have played an important role in a wide range of income-generating activities. These rural production activities include post-harvesting, cow fattening and milking, goat farming, backyard poultry rearing, pisciculture, horticulture, food processing, cane and bamboo works, and handicrafts. Yet the reality has been that ‘markets’ are not women sensitive nor friendly. Women struggled to be in market spaces as a producer trying to sell their product, or as a buyer to make choices in person. ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB) took up initiatives in different parts of the country with the intent of changing the market system and practices so as make the market system women-friendly. This called for long-term projects and investment. One such project entitled: Making Market Work for Women (MMWW), in partnership with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Bangladesh, aimed to support women Agri -entrepreneurs to evolve into a competitive and successful entrepreneur by participating in the market. MMWW project facilitated the creation of a women-friendly market environment; developing linkages with market actors and relevant stakeholders towards promoting and increasing access for women entrepreneurs in existing rural markets. The project also established linkages with online market platform for women entrepreneurs, so as to promote their engagement in e-commerce. In the present reality of the COVID-19 pandemic online marketing played a great role to sustain the enterprise of women entrepreneurs. They were able to trade their produce and flourish their business in 2020. AAB took an initiative to publish a Photobook to showcase the success stories of women entrepreneurs through the photobook ‘Market Transformation for Women’. It is a testimony of women’s contribution in transformation of society, and the significant contribution to their community, as well as national economy. I believe that Agri-entrepreneurship particularly by rural women is an important growing sector in the economy of Bangladesh. Therefore, it calls for recognition and investment to stimulate growth and further development.
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News

Sponsored children have done well in the SSC Examination 2021

Our sponsored children, 116 children participated in the SSC exams this year 2021, out of which 40 were boys and 76 were girls. Out of 116 children, 114 children passed the SSC exam and 2 children failed. We look forward to a successful future for all children.
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News

Book corners are not just about books it’s a gateway to knowledge

AAB establishes book corners in 06 child spaces in LRP 51, Chanpara and 04 child spaces in LRP-48, Bakalia for 2098 children which are slum areas, and children of that area rarely get an opportunity to access books besides their formal education books.
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News

Represents Bangladesh through Artworks

Three artworks of our Sponsor Children have been selected to represent Bangladesh in the BEYOND Spacesuit project executed by the Space for Art Foundation.
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News

Sponsored children have done well in the SSC Examination 2021

Our sponsored children, 116 children participated in the SSC exams this year 2021, out of which 40 were boys and 76 were girls. Out of 116 children, 114 children passed the SSC exam and 2 children failed. We look forward to a successful future for all children.
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News

Book corners are not just about books it’s a gateway to knowledge

AAB establishes book corners in 06 child spaces in LRP 51, Chanpara and 04 child spaces in LRP-48, Bakalia for 2098 children which are slum areas, and children of that area rarely get an opportunity to access books besides their formal education books.
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News

Represents Bangladesh through Artworks

Three artworks of our Sponsor Children have been selected to represent Bangladesh in the BEYOND Spacesuit project executed by the Space for Art Foundation.
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News

Children are Happy to Receive Colorful Exercise Books and Face Masks

Besides the celebration of Child Rights Week 2021 ActionAid Bangladesh provided reusable masks among about 15,000 children as one of the tools to stay safe from coronavirus, and exercise books to encourage them to study with a fresh zeal.
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News

Children of Madarganj Enjoys the World Children's Day and Child Rights Week - 2021

With the financial support of ActionAid Bangladesh World Children Day and Child Rights Week-2021 was observed in 5 Children Spaces in Madarganj Upazila of Jamalpur district.
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Blog

6th International Water Conference 2021

ActionAid Bangladesh is going to organise the 6th International Water Conference under the theme of ‘Water, Climate and Justice in the Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic’’ from 27 to 29 January 2021. Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, we are going to organise the conference through virtual platform this year.
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Blog

LIFE IN SHAMBLES

On my trip to Sunamganj in April, I met 32-year-old Nazma Khatun who spoke to me about her woes: “All of our cultivated paddies have gone under water. Our livelihood, children’s education, food, treatment, and shelter are under threat as we depend on the paddy. We took Tk30,000 as a loan from a Local NGO to cultivate. I don’t know how I will return the loan.”
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Blog

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM COMING UP

Violence against women and girl is a severe human rights abuse that continues to take place on a daily base all over the word, also in Bangladesh. With interactive theatre performances in different parts of Dhaka, youth happenings, discussion fora, media training and a robust social media presence using #SafeCities, #SafeCitiesBecause and #16DaysofActivism, we call on ending violence against women during this year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign.
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Blog

AN UNCERTAIN LIFE: ROHINGYA EXODUS TO BANGLADESH

The influx of refugees from Rohingya into Bangladesh is now over 370,000, with the figures rising daily. They are supported by the Bangladesh government, local and international NGOs, and host communities
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Blog

ROLE MODELS- BOTH ON AND OFF THE PITCH

Brimming with happiness, young Sumona declared, “I play to win”, when she was asked about her heroic performance which led her team, Chanpara Croatia Football Team to victory over their opponents for the day, Chanpara France Football Team.
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Publications

Market Transformation for Women

Women play a central role in agriculture. Rural women throughout Bangladesh make critical contributions to household production and consequently to household and national food security. The specific nature of their contribution vary, for instance women’s participation in economic activities differ considerably according to the type of activity and the place of residence. Traditionally women have played an important role in a wide range of income-generating activities. These rural production activities include post-harvesting, cow fattening and milking, goat farming, backyard poultry rearing, pisciculture, horticulture, food processing, cane and bamboo works, and handicrafts. Yet the reality has been that ‘markets’ are not women sensitive nor friendly. Women struggled to be in market spaces as a producer trying to sell their product, or as a buyer to make choices in person. ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB) took up initiatives in different parts of the country with the intent of changing the market system and practices so as make the market system women-friendly. This called for long-term projects and investment. One such project entitled: Making Market Work for Women (MMWW), in partnership with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Bangladesh, aimed to support women Agri -entrepreneurs to evolve into a competitive and successful entrepreneur by participating in the market. MMWW project facilitated the creation of a women-friendly market environment; developing linkages with market actors and relevant stakeholders towards promoting and increasing access for women entrepreneurs in existing rural markets. The project also established linkages with online market platform for women entrepreneurs, so as to promote their engagement in e-commerce. In the present reality of the COVID-19 pandemic online marketing played a great role to sustain the enterprise of women entrepreneurs. They were able to trade their produce and flourish their business in 2020. AAB took an initiative to publish a Photobook to showcase the success stories of women entrepreneurs through the photobook ‘Market Transformation for Women’. It is a testimony of women’s contribution in transformation of society, and the significant contribution to their community, as well as national economy. I believe that Agri-entrepreneurship particularly by rural women is an important growing sector in the economy of Bangladesh. Therefore, it calls for recognition and investment to stimulate growth and further development.
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Annual Reports, Publications

#COVID19: Towards Resilience

ActionAid Bangladesh along with other networks and alliances successfully influenced the review and formulation of the of the 2020-2025 strategy
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Publications

Policy Brief on Youth Budget Framework

Due to the demographic window, Bangladesh has the opportunity of harnessing youth potential for achieving long term development objectives. Even though Government of Bangladesh (GoB) has associated investment in youth with the development trajectory of the country through various plans and policies, youth related discussions are not contextualized due to absence of policy coherence and consensus on intended outcomes. Lack of structured and holistic approach towards these discussions result in ineffective implementation of well-intended policies. Hence, this policy brief, jointly developed by ActionAid Bangladesh and SANEM (South Asian Network on Economic Modeling) construes that Bangladesh requires a formal, well-structured Youth Budget Framework (YBF) as part of the national budget to attain vital objectives by cashing in on demo- graphic dividend. A youth centric budget is intrinsically a framework of goals and visions to empower youths economically and socially. The designated monetary allocations in the budget will be analysed through a youth centric lens to equip the evidence-based policymaking process. In short, the youth budget framework will serve to represent the commitments of the Government of Bangladesh to invest holistically in youth development, alleviate challenges and bottlenecks which uniquely affect youths through various channels.
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Publications

Policy Brief: Impact of COVID 19 on Entrepreneurs and Workers

To utilize Bangladesh’s current demographic window, Bangladesh must harness its youth potentials to achieve the long-term development. The increased ratio of young women and men who have access to economic opportunities and sustainable income sources will help us to achieve our targeted goals. Access to flexible finances for young women and men especially those with limited indemnity to venture into self-employment or social entrepreneurship plays a crucial role if we want to reap this opportunity. The Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) hold the most promise for creating jobs in both rural and urban areas. But the Covid-19 pandemic has hurt this sector as much it has affected our daily lives, specially the women entrepreneurs and workers. This policy brief is an attempt to explore the situation, challenge, and way forward on youth and women responsive strategy for MSMEs.
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PROJECTS

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

The campaigns against gender based violence are largely focused on making women more aware to prevent violent situations or what to do when such instances arise unexpectedly. The campaign “ Nari, e juddhe tumi eka nou” lists down emergency response centers and their contacts categorized according to districts. In addition to that, another campaign focuses on the needs of women friendly service centers. The main objective of such centers entail to stop gender based violence and providing social and psychological protection along with legal advice. Further to provide entertainment, social status and networking opportunities for girls, women and children. Gaining Social assistance and improving on required work skills are also expected from such centers. Such centers are also equally applicable for disaster stricken areas. During such instanc
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GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

The campaigns against gender based violence are largely focused on making women more aware to prevent violent situations or what to do when such instances arise unexpectedly. The campaign “ Nari, e juddhe tumi eka nou” lists down emergency response centers and their contacts categorized according to districts. In addition to that, another campaign focuses on the needs of women friendly service centers. The main objective of such centers entail to stop gender based violence and providing social and psychological protection along with legal advice. Further to provide entertainment, social status and networking opportunities for girls, women and children. Gaining Social assistance and improving on required work skills are also expected from such centers. Such centers are also equally applicable for disaster stricken areas. During such instanc

SHE CAN

The project aims to raise awareness of the basic right of women and girls to live free from violence. It is also intended to enhance access to police and legal aid protection services that will empower survivors of VAWG to seek support and legal redress. Participation

HAPPY HOMES

ActionAid provides a safe shelter and support for 150 girls. They work to give the girls shelter, improved health, and their well-being through providing education and recreation. The girls are also provided with vocational training for a secured future. The ‘Happy Home’ initiative has been working with various government agencies…

CAMPAIGNS

EMPOWERING SPORTS WOMEN: A CELEBRATION OF FIFA WORLD CUP 2018

Young people of Chanpara slum are very active in community work and take part in sports and cultural competition. ActionAid Bangladesh believes that these girls are the major vehicles of change and can inspire other women to transform their lives which will bring women empowerment.
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SHORT FILM MAKING COMPETITION ON UNPAID CARE WORK

Unpaid Care Work (UCW) is an inherently gendered phenomenon: a clear majority of uncompensated, unrecognised and undervalued care work is carried out by women. These works are essential for maintaining our society. Unpaid care work provides services that nurture other people and is costly in terms of time and energy. It refers to all the activities that go into caring for household members; it includes household chores, cooking, child care and care of ill and elderly persons, fetching water and collecting firewood. When this work is carried out in the person’s own home and is unpaid, it is not reflected in national statistics or economic analyses, despite its centrality to our day-to-day wellbeing. It is perceived less valuable than paid work and it is ignored and not considered to be “work” even by the women and men who engage in and get benefit directly from these activities. The burden of Unpaid Care Work affects all women but has the worst effects on women in poverty. For most women, time spent on Unpaid Care Work is disproportionately high compared to men. ActionAid Bangladesh is implementing “Promoting Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment and Rights” known as POWER project which long-term objective of the project is to contribute to increase economic empowerment of women. POWER project intends to create opportunities for women by recognizing, redistributing and reducing of UCW. In this background, ActionAid Bangladesh is going to organize a campaign program through holding a Short Film Making Competition on Unpaid Care Work.
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SAFE CITY

ActionAid Bangladesh has been working towards empowering women and ending sexual violence against women of Bangladesh through various programs, projects and campaigns. “Safe Cities” is a new initiative by Action Aid that seeks to address violence against women in public spaces. The aim of the campaign is to make cities in Bangladesh safe for women and girls by reducing their experience and fear of sexual violence in urban public areas and by creating allies amongst men and boys through creating positive behavioral change. Through this campaign, first of all, women and girls will be aware of their right to live free from violence. Increased access to protection from police and legal aid services will empower survivors to seek support and legal redress. Secondly, men and boys will also gain knowledge on VAW and will know how to take measures to prevent such situations. Finally, change makers will have increased knowledge of processes and leadership skills required to make cities safe for women and are able to support and refer women affected by violence.
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POWER

This project works with women to help empower them within their households and the community including a contribution to decision making. This is achieved by training them about their rights, and sustainable money generating activities such as climate resilient agriculture. This project also works with families to help reduce women’s…

NETWORKS

Networks

YOUNG FEMINIST NETWORK

The Young Feminist Network seeks to bring together young individuals into a platform to promote the freedoms of young women and increase the country’s feminist movement. Objective of the network or alliance : Bring young people together into a platform what would advance young women’s rights and scale up the feminist movement in the country. Currently, 10 youth organization are connected with Young Feminist Network.
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Networks

LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND

The “Leave no one behind” network is supported and coordinated by the ICSO (International Civil Society Organizations); a consortium of 12 partners working to enhance many of these marginalized communities with outstanding outreach and experience reaching them all over the world.
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Networks

DBM 2019

National budget or public budget is not just a dream or a vision, it is the reflection of the aspiration of 16 million people in independent Bangladesh and It is a matter of constitutional rights of all citizens of the country.
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Networks

WOMEN’S CAFE

In Bangladesh, most of the workers of readymade garment (RMG) industries are women. The workers of this sector are rarely aware of their rights, and hardly get any time for recreation due to workplace and family responsibility. Women’s Café is an innovative approach to create a breathing place for the women factory workers. They come to the space for acquiring knowledge on rights related issues, and share personal issues with other workers.
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Networks

DISASTER-FORUM

Disaster Forum (DF) is a Dhaka based National Disaster Preparedness Network of seventy humanitarian and development agencies, research institutions, government departments and independent activists who are working on various disaster and environmental issues with special focus on preparedness.
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