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
Vision for gender sensitive, violence free, empowered nation was the consensus of the women leaders as came out on the multilogue organized in commemoration of International Women’s day, and to mark the opening of the 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) of the United Nations in New York by UN Women on 14th March at the National Press Club. The discussion was kicked off sharing the history of global Women’s movement and at national context. Prominent... more
The International Women’s Day is observed in the country with a call for gender parity in every sphere of life. Government, United Nations, international and national civil society organizations organized various programmes to mark the day. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stressed the need for the equal development of the country’s... more
Rohingya women and men in Kutupalong refugee camp have a democratically elected camp council for the first time in the history of the camp. For many of the 90 per cent of women who voted it was the first time in their lives that they have cast a ballot... more
UN Women, the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) and the Resident Coordinator for the United Nations in Bangladesh organized a training workshop on ‘Gender in Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangladesh’. The workshop aimed to develop a pool of experts to... more
Although women are more vulnerable to climate change and disasters when compared to men, the issue remains ignored. This and other facts were discussed on a knowledge-sharing event on Gender and Climate Change conducted last November by UN Women Bangladesh with support from the Royal Norwegian... more
The Swedish Embassy to Bangladesh and Prothom Alo, a prominent Bangla newspaper, organised a round-table under UN Women’s global #HeForShe campaign as a part of 16 Days Activism (25 Nov-10 Dec). The round table focused on role of masculinity in preventing violence against women particularly in Bangladeshi context, through awareness against patriarchy and discrimination in systems. The participants were also encouraged... more
In April this year, Afroza Sultana heard about young women being attacked by a group of young men during Bengali New Year - Pohela Boishakh – at the University of Dhaka. Such attacks have become common at university campuses and around the country over the past few years. The 24-year-old Rajshahi University student was... more
In 10 of the most climate-vulnerable districts of Bangladesh, more than 19,100 women have built better systems of support and preparation for disasters, while livelihood skills training has enabled more than 1,600 women to expand their businesses. Rajena Boiragi wakes up at six in... more
Six years after the High Court of Bangladesh issued landmark directives on the prevention of sexual harassment in workplaces, educational institutions and public places, sexual harassment in universities is still rife. The 2009 directives defined sexual harassment and directed employers and authorities of institutions to provide mechanisms to prevent and prosecute offences of sexual abuse and harassment. But according to UN Women Bangladesh’s 2013... more
UN Women hosted the first BRIDGE Train the Facilitators (TtF) workshop in Dhaka for 20 participants from the Bangladesh political sphere. Participants included the Election Commission Bangladesh (ECB), political parties, civil society organizations (CSOs), and UN organizations. The BRIDGE programme – Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections – targets electoral stakeholders, and aims to build good electoral practice by enhancing... more
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