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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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
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 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
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
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