Responding to large-scale challenges through innovation and rapid response is in BRAC’s DNA. In the face of the unprecedented catastrophe created by COVID-19, BRAC is determined to stand beside the world’s most vulnerable people in all the 11 countries that it operates in.
June marks nine months since the creation of a special place in the world’s biggest refugee camp. A place where, amidst the congested shelters, women can access counselling, participate in learning and find peace - in a beautiful, natural, artistic space. The Beyond Survival project in Cox’s Bazar, spearheaded by architect Rizvi Hassan, is a place to thrive.
This year’s World Refugee Day comes at a time of a global pandemic. While many of us are wondering what our individual futures will look like in the coming months, for people who have been forcibly displaced, uncertainty is an everyday reality.
Masks are not only the most visible change in our lives since the COVID-19 pandemic began, but they are now a visible sign for women's empowerment in the Rohingya community. This #WorldRefugeeDay we take you behind the mask with Sayeka, one of our 127 new mask makers.
This series is a collection of insights from BRAC practitioners who have led responses to mass-scale crises across the world. We present key factors for other practitioners; healthcare professionals, governments and development authorities to consider in preparation, management, relief and recovery.
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.