Human rights

August 19, 2021

‘Sisters of peace’: The women supporting mental health in Bangladesh’s Rohingya camps

The Rohingya population had to flee some of the worst forms of persecution when they left Myanmar in 2017. Since then, living in the world’s largest makeshift settlement situated at the edge of Bangladesh in Cox’s Bazar has meant facing new forms of challenges - floods, cyclones, landslides and fires - often adding to their losses and layers of trauma. Shantir apa (sisters of peace) are leading a quiet revolution within the Rohingya camps. To help families strengthen their capacities to cope, they are ensuring an empathetic space to decompress and manage mental distress.
August 19, 2021

This World Humanitarian Day, meet BRAC’s humanitarians

Humanitarian workers in Bangladesh have been delivering life-saving services, specifically to women and children during some of the worst humanitarian crises, including the Rohingya refugee crisis in Cox’s Bazar, Super Cyclone Amphan, the flash floods in 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic. On this year’s World Humanitarian Day, we bring the stories of some humanitarians who are going the extra mile to help those who need it the most.
June 12, 2021

Apprenticeship-based training: A pathway toward ending child labour

Sasanti Tripura was married when she was 16, and could not finish school. Now a budding IT support technician, Sasanti is reclaiming control. This is her story.
April 29, 2021

How BRAC’s barefoot lawyers are supporting women in Bangladesh to raise their voices

A 2015 survey found that over half of the married women and girls in Bangladesh had suffered some form of abuse. Less than 3% of these survivors took legal action. Seeking justice without basic knowledge of the legal system is difficult, particularly for women from low-income families. How is BRAC helping to change that? Through barefoot lawyers.
April 18, 2021

Child marriage in Bangladesh: Does a vacuum exist within the law?

Bangladesh has the highest prevalence of child marriages in South Asia. Currently, there are 38 million girls who were married before their 18th birthday in Bangladesh. 13 million of those girls were married before the age of 15.
April 8, 2021

Walking through the remains of the Balukhali Rohingya camp

When a massive fire gutted several Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar on 22 March, more than 45,000 people were displaced, and all facilities were destroyed. What is it like to walk through the camp when most things are in ashes? Alal Ahmed shows us.
December 11, 2020

A study on accessible healthcare in Bangladesh: Challenges to overcome

An estimated 1.8 million people in Bangladesh have at least one type of disability, and they remain invisible and excluded from mainstream society, with greater unmet healthcare needs.
December 10, 2020

30 ways BRAC prevents violence against women and children in Bangladesh

Violence against women and children is rising. Child marriage is rising. Child brides are at even higher risk of violence, putting girls across the world in danger. As the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence close for 2019, let all us pledge to build a better world for girls and women. Here is a snapshot of what BRAC is doing.
June 29, 2020

COVID-19 will change many women’s lives forever in Bangladesh

As countries globally struggle to cope with COVID-19, we are bombarded with news about flailing healthcare, shrinking economies, and diverse measures to contain the virus. What is rarely making it to the news, however, are the various and complex ways that 2020 is changing women’s lives.
May 27, 2020

Lockdown in Bangladesh sees violence against women rise: The double challenge of accessing justice during a pandemic

Access to justice has long been a challenge in Bangladesh, particularly for women facing violence. Violence is always heavily under reported, but with lockdown due to COVID-19 women are even more restricted in terms of escaping, reporting and accessing support in cases of violence. Meanwhile, BRAC’s data shows violence against women has increased alarmingly compared to the same period last year. Virtual courts offer new hope in transparency, efficiency and speed.
April 24, 2020

Hope for a renewed fashion industry as we remember Rana Plaza during COVID-19

Seven years on from Rana Plaza, Bangladesh's garment sector faces unprecedented challenges that will fiercely test its resilience. Can COVID-19 serve as a catalyst for a more responsible fashion industry?
March 4, 2020

Untouchables and the other: Is there any hope for those living in the margins?

Leaving an entire community behind, slows down the development of a whole nation. We claim equal rights through our constitution - but is it enough?