UN Women’s Bangladesh Programme Office was established in 2005 to implement the second phase of a Regional Programme to Empower Women Migrant Workers In Asia. Bangladesh was covered under this programme as it was a labour sending Country.
Over the last five years, the Office has made considerable advances in this area, including reducing violence against women, promoting economic empowerment, increasing leadership and political participation, and engendering National Planning and Budgeting.
Following the global and regional programmatic approach of UN Women, the Bangladesh Programme office strengthened efforts to build partnerships with the Government, Civil Society, as well as other UN agencies. The United Nations Development Assistance Framework from 2012 to 2016 is based on national priorities and complements the strategic plan of UN Women.
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For Firoza Akter, migration to Kuwait offered the chance of a better life for her and her children. In 2002, she took a 50,000 taka loan to go to Kuwait and work as a hospital cleaner. Within a year, she had earnt it all back. “But I suddenly caught... more
When she first left Bangladesh in 1998, Abeda Begum was only 23. Having heard about the opportunities work overseas promised her, she quickly signed on. “I took out a 120,000 taka loan and took help from a local agent to go to Abu Dhabi,” she recalls. “After I reached Abu Dhabi, I found no one to... more
Rokeya Kabir was born in 1951, just four years after the partition from India, in the district of Netrakona, situated in the northern part of Bangladesh, near the Meghalayan border of India. “We lived in the outskirts of a small town, my father had... more
Gender inequality is rooted in the devaluing of women, says Christine Hunter, the country representative of UN Women in Bangladesh. In an exclusive interview with Prothom Alo English consultant Ayesha Kabir, Ms Hunter talks about UN Women, child marriage, the impact of... more
Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury is the first woman to be nominated as a Speaker for the Parliament in Bangladesh, one of the highest constitutional positions in the country. “It is a huge responsibility to be in this position,” she noted. With an office of 650 square feet, she has a calm view of the Parliaments’ water surroundings and it is from there that she does her decision making, but it is also a place to meet... more
When Cyclone Aila hit Bangladesh in 2009, Promila and her family were some of the many thousands left struggling in its aftermath. Twenty-six year old Promila, her husband, and two young girls, usually dependent on subsistence agriculture and small-scale homestead gardening, now had to find other ways to survive.... more
Rajena is 55 years old and lives with her son, Heatler and her daughter, Indira, in Holdibunia, located in the Mongla upazilla, around 400 kilometers south of Bangladesh. “The pond is in my backyard so I don’t have to walk a lot and... more