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Mallika does not own any land. She works as a labourer and gets about USD 4 per day depending on the season. She says that there is enough work for her during harvesting and she makes more money. Photo: UN Women/Vidura Jang Bahadur

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

Bikroy Renews Commitment to #HeForShe for Workplace Gender Ratio

12 January 2017

Bikroy increased its female employee ratio from 29 per cent to 36 per cent in 2016 as part of its commitment to the UN Women-led #HeForShe campaign. Earlier this year, the online marketplace was a signatory of the UN Women-initiated solidarity campaign for WEPs to establish gender parity. Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), is a global initiative developed in collaboration between UN Women and the... more

Cost of violence against women and girls impedes economic growth in Bangladesh: UN Women calls for stronger commitment and investments to end this world’s worst pandemic

09 December 2016

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri met with key stakeholders in Bangladesh to discuss efforts and collaborations to achieve the gender equality targets of the Sustainable Development Goals in Bangladesh. This high-level visit is part of UN Women’s leadership globally to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence under the ‘Orange the World’ umbrella that calls for robust funding to end violence against women and ... more

Women’s Movement and Women’s Progress

02 March 2016

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

Bangladesh observes International Women’s Day with a call for gender parity in every sphere of life

15 March 2016

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

Women voters at Rohingya camp

03 February 2016

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

Gender in Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangladesh

03 February 2016

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

Putting women at the center of climate change adaptation and disaster response

14 January 2016

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

#HeForShe Roundtable at Dhaka Bangladesh

10 December 2015

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

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


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

Featured Publication

Gender Brief on Rohingya Refugee Crisis Response in Bangladesh

Violent conflict began in Rakhine State in October 2016. Since 25 August 2017, an estimated 537,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The distressed and traumatized displaced population – approximately 51 per cent of which are women and girls – lives in terrible conditions and lacks adequate food, water, sanitation... Read more

Planet 50–50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality