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

Female university students tackle sexual harassment

23 November 2015

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

Building resilience against climate change: Women in Bangladesh lead the way

15 September 2015

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

Addressing Sexual Harassment in Universities

14 September 2015

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

Creating a network of democratic capacity builders in Bangladesh

31 August 2015

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 joins HeForShe campaign

10 August 2015

Online marketplace,, has joined the HeForShe movement with a strong set of commitments to promote gender equality in the workplace.’s commitments include: having a 60/40 male/female employee ratio by the end of 2016, requiring all employees to undertake training on gender equality in the workplace and providing late night transportation to the ensure safety and security of female employees.’s Director of Marketing, Misha Ali commented, “We... more

Changing attitudes to women migrant workers

29 July 2015

For Firoza Akter, migration to Kuwait offered the chance of a better life for her and her children. In 2002, she took a 50,000 taka loan to go to Kuwait and work as a hospital cleaner. Within a year, she had earnt it all back. “But I suddenly caught... more

Migrant workers helping each other to work safely

29 July 2015

When she first left Bangladesh in 1998, Abeda Begum was only 23. Having heard about the opportunities work overseas promised her, she quickly signed on. “I took out a 120,000 taka loan and took help from a local agent to go to Abu Dhabi,” she recalls. “After I reached Abu Dhabi, I found no one to... more

Rokeya Kabir: a women’s right activist

29 July 2015

Rokeya Kabir was born in 1951, just four years after the partition from India, in the district of Netrakona, situated in the northern part of Bangladesh, near the Meghalayan border of India. “We lived in the outskirts of a small town, my father had... 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