Photo: UN Women/Rashid Probal
Photo: UN Women/Rashid Probal


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.

Women in a training centre for traditional handicrafts project. Photo: UN Photo/W. Wild

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

Speaker for the Parliament believes women’s rights should be a trend in Bangladesh

25 June 2015

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

How women find work after climate change disasters

22 June 2015

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’s Story - Building Women’s Resilience in Climate Change Affected Areas

28 May 2015

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

Women's frontier in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

29 May 2015

The options to earn a living in Buddhamari village, where Ma­hera lives, are limited and full of peril. The Mongla upazilla in the Bagerhat district where the village is located suffers from high salinity which makes fishing, crab farming, collecting, and selling fuel wood from the Sundarbans... more

Monira Begum: A life dedicated to work, family and education

20 May 2015

Monira Begum wakes up at seven in the morning to go to work. After a 40 minute bus ride from Narayanganj city she arrives at the National Curriculum and Textbook Board in Dhaka, where she has been working for the past nine years as a curriculum specialist. “I don’t mind commuting to work... more

Bangladesh to rethink the role of women on climate change response

18 May 2015

A two-day “thinkshop” to discuss the role of girls and women on climate change response was held in Dhaka with participation of UN Women Asia Pacific Women's Economic Empowerment Advisor Francisco Cos-Montiel, officers from UN Women and UNDP in Bangladesh as well as national academics... more

TV Talk Show on Women and Disasters in Bangladesh

18 May 2015

Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP), a government implemented UNDP supported largest Disaster Management programme in Bangladesh, in collaboration with RTV, a popular private TV channel in Bangladesh, is broadcasting a special talk show under different thematic areas on Disaster Management in Bangladesh on... more