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
Minara Begum is among the thousands of Rohingya women who fled the violence unleashed by the Myanmar army in her village, Buchidong, Myanmar. Having learned new skills in a UN Women-supported Multi-Purpose Women’s Centre in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, she is speaking out, meeting decision-makers in the camp and helping other Rohingya women. Minara Begum. Photo: UN Women/Allison Joyce In Myanmar, we had a big wooden house. We had cows, goats, chicken and lots of... more
The women among the Rohingya refugees have fled gender-based violence, and continue to endure widespread discrimination in the camps in eastern Bangladesh. But some community leaders are speaking out for gender equality, and challenging widespread practices regarding the treatment and roles of women. When he saw Rohingya refugee women struggling to collect their families' fuel rations, on top of their other charges, Camp-in-Charge (CiC)... more
Lata Banu could not finish school because her parents could not afford it. When her elder sister got married and moved to Dhaka, she went along and then joined Babylon Garments Limited as a quality control officer. But Ms. Banu had big dreams. "Society looks down upon people who work in the ready-made garment industry, but I proved them wrong," she said. "I worked hard and got a promotion, and now I am the Quality Control Supervisor... more
Bojjropodi Chakma, 44, started a successful garden after the landslide. Now, her garden not only helps her bring in income for the household, but also helps in supplementing her family’s nutritional needs. PThe Chittagong Hill Tracts area in southeastern Bangladesh is prone to natural disasters. The resulting displacement of local tribal people has spurred many conflicts in... more
The rural women of Bangladesh have learned much about overcoming gender inequality amid the other challenges of development. Their experiences and recommendations were shared at a multi-stakeholder consultation in Dhaka, ahead of the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), to be held in New York from March 12. This year's CSW priority theme is "Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment... more
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
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
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
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
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