A Bangladesh for All – Not beyond belief, just beyond our grasp

10 Mar 2015

Gender equality sit at the centre of the Facility’s approach. Mainstreaming and targeted interventions, such as engaging women as front-line health workers, is supporting sustainable development in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. PHOTO CREDIT: KAWSER AHMED
Violence against women is a widespread issue and it is not one that’s going away. Over the past two decade, many global initiatives have been undertaken to promote and enforce women’s rights. Significant international mechanisms have been developed, world conferences held and even a decade dedicated to the plight of women (1975-85). In spite of these initiatives, progress towards the achievement of women’s rights globally has been slow and in Bangladesh, violence against women remains a serious concern. It is an issue that permeates all aspects and levels of society, making it a national issue. When women and girls are prevented from enjoying education, are prohibited from raising their voice, are denied their basic rights or access to justice, Bangladesh as a whole suffers too. In fact, a 2012 study found that Bangladesh experienced a 20% loss of potential income as a result of women not being allowed to reach their economic potential[i]. While women all over Bangladesh face different forms of discrimination and barriers to justice, women in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) face a unique set of challenges. Such discriminations are further enhanced due to ethnicity, religious persuasion and socioeconomic marginalization. A household survey conducted by the Human Development … Read more