Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova

Programme for Supporting Human Rights Defenders Working for Women's and Girls' Rights in Bangladesh

01/09/2020 - 05:25
Democracy and Human Rights

 

PROJECT FACTSHEET

 

Title

Programme for Supporting Human Rights Defenders Working for Women's and Girls' Rights in Bangladesh 

The Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) are committed to raise their voice to fight violence against women and promotion or protection of women’s and girls’ rights individually and collectively. In many cases in Bangladesh, they have to work facing challenges, risks and threats. The project supports and protects WHRDs at risk due to their work that may be challenging discriminatory legal frameworks and social norms as well as gender stereotypes for the full enjoyment of women’s and girls' rights. 

Duration

From 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2020 (36 months)

Budget (Euro)

Total costs: EUR 789,474;  EU contribution EUR 750,000

Locations

Jessore, Rajshahi, Niphamari, Rangpur, Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat and Kurigram

Implementing Organization (s)

 1. NEWS NETWORK – Lead partner

 2. UDAYANKUR SEBA SANGSTHA(USS)

Objectives, Outputs and Outcome

Overall objective of the action is to provide support to Women Human Rights Defenders working for women's and girls' rights in Bangladesh to effectively protect and promote the rights of women and girls who frequently face atrocities both at family and societal level.

Specific objectives:

SO1: To recognise and promote the role of WHRDs in the protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms and to protect them addressing the challenges, risks and threats that they may face.

SO2: To support and protect W/HRDs at risk due to their work for the promotion and protection of the full enjoyment of women’s and girls' rights.

Expected Results:

ER1: Functioning platform and network of rural W/HRDs for promoting, networking, coordination, cooperation, and raising voice against and address the challenges, risks and threats that they may face.

ER2: Strengthened the capacities of rural W/HRDs in recognising and promoting their roles and protecting themselves from specific challenges, risks and threats due to their work for promotion and protection of the full enjoyment of women’s and girls' rights. 

ER3: Established integrated protection systems for rural W/HRDs that make their access to services like wellbeing, psycho-social, medical and legal support.

ER4: Documented and replicated good lessons and practices.

Target group(s)

Media professionals (both male and female) of print, electronic and social medias including potential young women journalists and rural media gatekeepers-editors; news editors and executive editors; rural journalists and creative women journalists; rural civil society organizations’ leaders, both male and female; and rural religious leaders who are working to promote women’s and girls’ rights;

Final beneficiaries

60 potential women Rural Media Professionals who will receive fellowship on human rights journalism. 480 RMPs (288 male and 192 female) including 80 rural media gatekeepers working for rural women’s and girls’ rights. 160 RCSO leaders and 160 Rural Religious Leaders. Capacities and roles of 940, W/HRDs would be strengthened to reduce their vulnerability by improving access to resources and opportunities.

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