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UN Women Bangladesh

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.


News and Updates

Sita Rani with her grocery shop in Rajnagar, eastern Bangladesh.

Sita Rani Gour, a small shop keeper in rural Bangladesh aiming big

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sita Rani Gour, 31, is expanding her grocery shop in Rajnagar, eastern Bangladesh, after receiving a one-time grant of 19,000 taka (US$230), from a UN Women programme supported by the Government of Japan and implemented by the non-governmental development organization BRAC. When she first opened, the shop was very small. The new funds have allowed her to... more

Rohingya women in Cox's Bazar receive dignity kits from UN Women, in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and ActionAid Bangladesh. Photo: ActionAid Bangladesh/Md. Sariful Islam

Solar lamps, alternative fuel, feminine hygiene products—relief that counts in the practical needs of Rohingya women refugees

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mahmuda Begum, 23, lives in a makeshift settlement at the Moynerghona, Balukhali camp, in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. She arrived recently with a newborn baby she had delivered, without any medical assistance, just before crossing the border of Myanmar. She is among the estimated 688,000 new arrivals of Rohingya refugees to Cox’s Bazar, and has had a harrowing journey. “Being eight months pregnant... more

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka  meets with women at a Multi-Purpose Women's Centre in Balukhali Rohingya Refugee camp February 1, 2018 in Chittagong district, Bangladesh.  Photo: UN Women/Allison Joyce

Rohingya refugee women find haven of safety and learning in Multi-Purpose Women's Centre

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

In the refugee camp across the border from Myanmar, thousands of Rohingya women are the most vulnerable to the health and security risks of camp life. A dedicated centre offers them sanctuary, basic services and skills training to move their life forwards. The atmosphere inside the Multi-Purpose Women's Centre (MPWC) is a welcome contrast to the rest of the Rohingya refugee camp in Balukhali, eastern Bangladesh. Children play happily on the floor while their mothers sit... more

Executive Director's meeting with CSOs leaders.

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in Bangladesh

Thursday, February 8, 2018

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, undertook her first official visit to Bangladesh , from 30 January to 3 February. During her visit, the Executive Director met with key government and civil society partners as well as international development actors both in Dhaka, and in Cox’s Bazar, where the Rohingya Refugee response is taking place... more

Photo: Bangla Communications

Women migrant workers need more protection from abuse: better regulation could help

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Like many Bangladeshis, Shilpi signed up to work in the Middle East in a bid to improve her family's future. Her story of the ordeal that followed, of exploitation, discrimination and abuse, is all too common, especially amid the isolation and vulnerability of domestic work. The rights and empowerment of women migrant workers' rights was the subject of a stakeholder meeting in Dhaka... more

Announcer: UN Women Executive Director on her first official visit to Bangladesh

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, begins today her first official visit to Bangladesh. During her visit, the Executive Director will be meeting with key government and civil society partners as well as international development actors both in Dhaka, and in Cox’s Bazar, where the Rohingya Refugee response is taking place. Women in Bangladesh have made important strides in development in recent decades. The country has made impressive gains on a number of development... more

Adolescent girls in the safe space for women and girls in Bhalukhali Rohingya refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar. Photo: UN Women/Theresia Thylin

“I want to help other women”—Rohingya women strive to reclaim a life of dignity

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Bangladesh has been hosting Rohingya refugees from Myanmar for nearly three decades. In recent times, the escalating violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, has displaced some 688,000 Rohingyas since August 2017. The refugee population in Bangladeshi settlements has more than doubled; camps are overcrowded, needs are immediate and enormous, and resources are stretched. The Rohingya refugees arrived by the boat, every day, fleeing killings, torture, rape and other forms of sexual violence. They arrived with very few possessions, impoverished and traumatized. The majority, just above half, of the estimated 688,000 new arrivals, are women and girls... more

Polli Shomaj, a Pori Banu Member, with her children in Akkelpur, Joypurhat. Photo: UN Women/Snigdha Zaman

Women in Bangladesh bolster efforts to turn the tide on rising extremism

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

It’s Wednesday morning in Dinajpur, a rural district in the northern part of Bangladesh. A group of women sit in a circle sipping tea, their children playing at their feet, as they prepare for a meeting. They are known in the community as “Polli Shomaj Women” [community-based women’s group], and they come from all walks of life—teachers... more

Exclusive Media Briefing on UN Women Executive Director's Visit to Bangladesh

Monday, January 29, 2018

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is visiting Bangladesh for the first time, since the creation of UN Women in 2010. Her visit will be an opportunity to strengthen the collaboration in Bangladesh between national partners, civil society and UN Women, to address the challenges and opportunities that will effectively transform the lives of women and girls. To this effect the Executive Director's Mission agenda will... more


Disaster management in Bangladesh: What women need


UN Women Bangladesh and ACDI/VOCA brought together 50 women leaders from around the south-west of Bangladesh to further understand the challenges and opportunities of rural women in severely climate-affected areas of the country. This report reflects the discussions and concerns of women leaders in resilience, disaster preparedness, and climate change, and gives key recommendations for development partners working in gender and climate change...more

Featured Publication

Gender Brief on Rohingya Refugee Crisis Response in Bangladesh

Violent conflict began in Rakhine State in October 2016. Since 25 August 2017, an estimated 537,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The distressed and traumatized displaced population – approximately 51 per cent of which are women and girls – lives in terrible conditions and lacks adequate food, water, sanitation... Read more

Planet 50–50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality