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In 2020, Bangladesh faced a double disaster Cyclone and COVID-19 in Khulna and Satkhira districts amongst the hardest hit. Thousands of families lost their livelihoods and incomes overnight. While the government provided direct assistance to those affected, many women and girls fell through the cracks. At the onset of the pandemic, UN Women expanded the group of NGOs that it worked with and created the Gender Monitoring Network (GMN), a network of 28 civil society organizations (CSOs) and women’s rights organizations. Organizations from the GMN supported UN Women in identifying vulnerable groups of women and girls, including transgender and sex workers, for unconditional cash assistance.
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This report presents novel research findings – possibly the first such robust findings to date – on the relationship between support for misogyny, violence against women, and extremist violence in Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines.
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This study in Bangladesh and Indonesia has identified the many ways in which women and men influence values, attitudes and behaviours within their communities, from raising awareness of violent extremism, challenging belief systems that cause harm to women and children, to advocating education for women and girls. Four key outcomes can be discerned from the research con-ducted across programme and non-programme sites in Bangla-desh and Indonesia...
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This study, conducted in April-May 2017, sought to understand the current capacity of volunteers engaged in disaster management, particularly those working for the cyclone and flood preparedness programmes in Bangladesh. It also seeks to establish their institutional arrangements for gender-responsive community preparedness and response to mitigate the challenges of catastrophic cyclones, floods and earthquakes.Over the last four decades, volunteers have helped to save thousands of lives and properties in Bangladesh and this unique initiative is well recognized and lauded by the global disaster risk reduction community. However, their role in delivering the gender equality agenda in disaster management is yet to be examined. The purpose of this study is to establish the knowledge levels of the cyclone and flood preparedness programme volunteers about gender-differentiated needs in disaster preparedness and emergency response and...
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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.
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UN Women with the support from Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) conducted a baseline study on the socio economic conditions of women in three eco-zones of Bangladesh. The objective was to document the vulnerabilities of women in flood, cyclone, and drought prone areas in the face of climate change. Findings reinforce studies from other countries that women face more difficulties when exposed to climate change and disasters. Recommendations for this report point to the need for disaster risk reduction and climate change to address the inequalities in the household and the community to lessen women’s vulnerability...
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“Assessment of Women’s Livelihood Needs in three eco-zones of Bangladesh”- the pioneering study that provides a comprehensive situational analysis of women in three eco-zones - flood, cyclone, and drought prone. Focus of the study was to identify viable livelihoods for the women affected by climate change. Recommendations from the report call on programme and policy interventions to increase resilience of women in the face climate change.
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The Concept Paper on Gender Responsive Governance examines the manner in which governance processes can be understood through a gendered framework. It discusses the evolving and expanding notion of governance.
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This paper outlines key issues of relevance to women’s political participation at the sub-national level in Nepal and Bangladesh and refers to important contributions that document these aspects of women’s political participation.
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The study reviews existing anti-trafficking laws in Bangladesh, identifies existing gaps and offers recommendations on the legal framework and its implementation. The study was conducted by the Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA) and supported by UN Women.